2011 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) - Gold in South-East Best Regional Fiction A fictionalized account of significant developments in South Carolina's history and the ensuing calamity when self-imposed and natural disasters collide....
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Sister Santee Reviews
In September of 1984, a category 4 hurricane named Hugo made landfall in South Carolina, bring with it death and destruction as it made it’s way across land and up the coast. The impact of Hugo was very much a reality to the residents of the South Carolina Lowcountry and is still talked about today.In Ken Burger’s second of the South Carolina Story series, “Sister Santee”, the author takes the ugliness of South Carolina’s history of abuse and racism, government corruption, not to mention the embarrassment of the sex, money and drug scandals of the rich and powerful that have at one time or another, embarrassed the citizens of the state, and weaves them into intricate subplots, as Hugo approaches.Unlike his first novel, “Swallow Savannah”, which brought it’s sub-plots into line with it’s major plot, I found “Sister Santee” and it a little less cohesive. While focus always returned back to Santee Cooper, the sub-plots seemed to be connected more like the steel cables inside the dam, rather than any major significance to a central plot. Despite this, the various stories that were intertwined, were solid and his settings, vivid, enticing the imagination. The major plus to this story for me were the chuckles it induced as Burger creatively took potshots at the politics inside the Palmetto State – invoking an “Oh my God, he didn’t go there.”Another extremely enjoyable read that had me wanting more of Burger’s South Carolina Stories.
“Sister Santee” was an interesting look at how interesting life in South Carolina is. (And by “interesting” I mean nuts.) With the mixture of characters who are rich and poor, black and white (Or both.), and gay and straight Ken Burger covers them all and how they all interact with each other in very odd social and criminal circles. Just to make things interesting the story takes place before, during, and after Hurricane Hugo which forced South Carolina to enter the 20th Century about ten years before the 21st Century was about to begin. The term "South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum." was once used to describe South Carolina but I prefer to think of the entire state as a very large small town.
Funny, funny book. Characters are def some of the people you will run into here in SC. If you live in the South, you probably have some just like them in your family.
An entertaining read.
GreatThis is a wonderful read. I love how intricately woven the characters and plot was. I do wish the ending was not so abrupt. Definitely love Mr. Butcher's style!