Mary Alice Monroe Launches Book Tour at Limestone

thesummergirls webNew York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe launched the book tour for her highly anticipated upcoming novel The Summer Girls at Limestone College on Wednesday, June 19.

Attendees received a free personally autographed copy of The Summer Girls six days before its June 25th release to the general public.

Southern Living has already placed The Summer Girls atop its Summer's Best Beach Reads list.

The Summer Girls is the first installment of an enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina. In it, three grown sisters, estranged and scattered across the country, have been called by their 80-year-old mother to the home where they spent their summers.

"The house at Sullivan's Island is where the sisters spent their summers, and their mother called them her 'summer girls,'" explains Monroe. "This is their final summer at the house before their mother sells it. What will they take from the house? What will they take from the summer? What will they take from each other that will last into the future?"

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Mary Alice Monroe

Monroe has written 15 novels and three children's books. She has received numerous awards, including several Readers's Choice Awards, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction.

For The Summer Girls, Monroe relied heavily upon her three years of conservation work with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. "The overriding theme of the novel is communication and connection, which I what I learned during my work with the dolphins," explains Monroe. "Of all of the species I've worked with, I am convinced that dolphins are the ones we can connect with the most. In fact, I challenge anyone to look into the eyes of a dolphin and not know that a connection has been made."

"Mary Alice Monroe has become the premiere nature writer among Southern novelists," said fellow New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy. "She has taken the rich waters of the Atlantic Coast as her own field of dreams. In The Summer Girls, she sings a song of praise to the bottle-nosed dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the Lowcountry each evening. Like all her books, The Summer Girls is a call to arms."

New Library at Limestone
Attendees of Monroe's visit to Limestone also heard news about the new library component of the College's Today's Needs...Tomorrow's Dream capital campaign. Once constructed, Limestone's new library will become the academic center of the College, with an environment that encourages students to collaborate, to conduct research, and to take full advantage of the abundant learning and information resources available.