Stiltsville by Susanna Daniel

StiltsvilleWhen she visits Miami for the first time in 1969, 26-year-old Frances Ellerby is forever changed. Introduced to a place called Stiltsville, a community of houses built on pilings in Biscayne Bay, she falls in love with the beauty of south Florida — and with Dennis DuVal.

Dennis is a law student who grew up spending summers at Stiltsville, and he and Frances quickly marry and have a daughter, building a life outside Miami among Dennis’ parents, sister, and friends. It’s a magical place to Frances, and there she and Dennis celebrate the joys of parenthood, marriage, and friendship, but also face the dangers of infidelity, unemployment, and the crime and fierce hurricanes that constantly threaten the region.

This first novel by Susanna Daniel, which was 10 years in the making, follows Frances from youth to maturity, elegantly using foreshadowing to create a gripping story of Frances as she moves through life as a wife, mother, and friend, and finally as she struggles to carve out an identity of her own.

Harper Perennial/HarperCollins; ISBN 978-0-06196-308-7; $14.99.
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