By Gwen Fowler, The Sun News, 1997
Edward Norvell's "Southport" would make a great beach read even if the story didn't take place in Horry and Brunswick residences, but the familiar settings make it more fun for Grand Strand readers.
In "Southport, A Story of Second Chances," Todd Field hitches a ride to Southport, N.C., to escape his abusive father. Soon he gets a job working on a fishing boat for a captain and he moves in with the captain and his wife. They soon become like parents to him.
Over the next few years he falls in love for the first time and gets his heart broken. He falls in with a bad crowd and learns what matters in life. He discovers the beauty of the Brunswick County, N.C., coast, traveling the Cape Fear to Oak Island, N.C., and Bald Head, N.C.
In short, the book is a coming-of-age novel that follows Todd from 1975 until 1990 when he's captain of his own boat, married and the father of two.
It's obvious Norvell knows the area he's writing about, and that's because his family has owned property along the Grand Strand since the 1950s. His grandparents had a home near the old Ocean Forest Hotel, and his parents had one in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach. Norvell spent most of his summers on the coast during the 1970s and 1980s.
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