Islands is quintessential Anne Rivers Siddons. Performed with the requisite Southern savoir-faire by Dana Ivey, Islands traces the intricate relationships of a group of Charleston friends, inseparable even in middle age, who have become each other's family, or as they say, "better than family." But the surface tranquility slowly erodes and their mutual love and respect shatters in a finale that will surprise and entertain in a darkly Gothic vein. Perfect beach listening.

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