More About Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, two children's books, and nonfiction.

More About Mary Alice MonroeThe Summer Wind, set for release in June 2014, follows the best-selling first installment of the series, The Summer Girls. The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island, SC. In their eventful summer, they struggle to find direction and rediscover their connections to one another. While all the sisters are major characters in both novels, one sister emerges as the main focus in each novel. The oldest sister, Dora, is the center of Summer Wind.

Like the beloved dolphin Delphine who has been sent to Florida to heal from injuries incurred after she becomes entangled in fishing line on the dock, Dora has been trapped in a wounding marriage. Also like Delphine who lacks spirit and will until the humans she most loves (Dora’s son and her sister Carson) visit her during her recuperation, Dora’s sorrows cause her to retreat inwardly. Not until Dora, too, embraces love from her sisters and grandmother as well as the admiration of Delvin, a man from her past, does she begin to welcome life.

As in most of her novels, Mary Alice creates important environmental significance in The Summer Wind. Through her development of parallel plots and emotions with animal and human characters, she draws our attention to the troubling circumstances surrounding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Approximately 50% of these dolphins are ill (in part from the morbillivirus), and Mary Alice’s sensitive and absorbing presentation of Delphine creates a sincere empathy in the reader for these beautiful and brilliant creatures.

Mary Alice Monroe’s Biography
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction. Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.

Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.

Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

Mary Alice Monroe is currently published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster. Her agents are Robert Gottlieb and Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island off Charleston, South Carolina where she is currently writing. For information, videos, podcasts, and more, go to www.maryalicemonroe.com and Facebook.

Novels
THE SUMMER’S END (June 2015)
THE SUMMER WIND
THE SUMMER GIRLS
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES
THE BEACH HOUSE
SWIMMING LESSONS
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER
SWEETGRASS
SKYWARD
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE BOOK CLUB
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
THE LONG ROAD HOME
SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT
ONE SUMMER’S NIGHT

Children’s Books
TURTLE SUMMER: A Journal for my Daughter
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE
JAX, A Survivor’s Tale (in production)

Audiobooks
THE SUMMER WIND (read by author)
THE SUMMER GIRLS (read by author)
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES (read by author)
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER (read by author)
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER (read by author)
SWIMMING LESSONS (read by author)
THE BEACH HOUSE (read by author)
SWEETGRASS
THE BOOK CLUB
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE LONG ROAD HOME
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE (read by author)
TURTLE SUMMER (read by author)

Nonfiction
REFLECTIONS of South Carolina, Robert Clark, Tom Poland, Forward by MAM.
LITERARY DOGS and their South Carolina Writers, “Forgiving Ruedi.”
STATE OF THE HEART, “Sea Turtle Summer.”
THE SOLITARY SWIMMER; Sea Turtles in South Carolina (in production)

Mary Alice Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach for a book signing on July 1, 2014, at the Book Loft on Centre Street, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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