Beloved author Dorothea Benton Frank, famous for her 20 Lowcountry novels set in and around the Charleston area, died Monday evening after a brief illness, The Post and Courier reports. Frank, who split her time between Sullivan’s Island and her home in Montclair, was a New York Times best-selling author.
Her latest book, “Queen Bee,” was published in May and climbed The New York Times bestseller list, garnering the No. 2 spot — her highest ever.
Known locally as Dottie, Frank wrote an essay about her love for the Montclair Public Library:
We are so lucky in Montclair to have not one but two locations where people of all ages can go, relax and have access to the tremendous wealth of resources our libraries offer our community. A good library says something about its good citizens – that we value knowledge and that we want to grow as a people, learning from our past and finding our way into our future. Together.
Frank’s LLoyd Road home was for sale earlier this year.