Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunset Beach In A New Novel : Beach Reading Custom-Made For Your NC Beach Escape

So, one of life's great combinations for many of us is a week at the beach and a good book, right? And a good work of fiction can be a great way to escape from the stress of daily life. But since Sunset Beach, NC, is a place to escape to rather than from; sometimes I feel somehow that I'm failing to appreciate the beauty and charm of what's surrounding me if I bury my nose in a book the minute we hit the sand.

Perhaps the solution for this little dilemma is finding novels set right in Sunset Beach! It turns out there are more than a few. And thanks to Pam Kelly's excellent blog on North Carolina fiction, The Mailbox: A Novel, by Marybeth Whalen has come to my attention just in time for my next trip to Sunset.

In fact, this particular Southern beach seems to attract lots of authors, many of whom have also been inspired by the Kindred Spirits mailbox on Bird Island (see my earlier post about Bird Island). If you visit The Pelican Bookstore, you can browse through a whole section of both local authors and other works which also have a connection to this very inspirational corner of the world.

Happy Beach reading!