Novel set in Miami (a cracking good book)

  • Book: Stiltsville
  • Location: Miami
  • Author: Susanna Daniel

Review Author: tripfiction



The best book I have read so far this year!

IMG_0893Sensitively and well written, Susanna develops her characters in a manner that makes you feel that you have met them. The book is written through the eyes of cool collected Frances taking us with her as she recounts various events in her life, starting with meeting her husband Dennis.

The book simply follows her life and those around her. Meetings, friendship, marriage, motherhood. Other characters stay throughout the book, sister–in–law, friends, in-laws. That makes it sound rather dull, but dull it is not. Susanna uses her talent too, putting it simply, and writes a cracking good book.

It is based in Miami and informs the reader of the changes that happened over decades as the city moves from the relative quiet of the 60’s to a changed and much different city of the 90’s. Her description of hurricanes and the effect that it had on everyday life is worth reading.

The title Stiltsville refers to a holiday house built on stilts, offering a haven for weekend getaways with boats, fishing, sunbathing and general partying. It plays a pivotal role as the years go by, taking us through courtship, parenthood and changing relationships both in and out of Frances’ marriage.

I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did.

This review first appeared on our blog

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