Sep 21 2016

Book Signing Set For Kiawah-inspired Tennis Novel

Staff Report for The Island Connection


Judy Fogarty has written a novel about love and life in and around Kiawah Island and will be signing it at Buxton Books in Charleston on Thursday, Sept. 29.

In “Breaking and Holding,” Fogarty talks about “the colors of the sunset and thunderheads” and “the smell of the salt marsh.” And when things are going bad for her characters, their antidote is simple: “Let’s go back to Kiawah.”

A Savannah native, Fogarty has spent years visiting Kiawah and thought it the perfect backdrop for her story. Her Sept. 29 appearance coincides with the $10,000 Pro Circuit Tennis Tournament at LTP Tennis Club in Mount Pleasant.

She will be in Charleston at Buxton Books, 2-A Cumberland Street, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The book signing is free and open to the public.

Fogarty’s novel tells the story of a rollercoaster relationship between a tennis player working at the Kiawah Island Club who is searching for success and a troubled woman who is searching for escape. The novel’s acclaim is highlighted by it being the only work of fiction available at the 2016 U.S. Tennis Open’s Players’ Lounge, where players like Serena and Venus Williams and Roger Federer go to watch TV, read books and relax.

Fogarty’s idea for the novel took root more than 30 years ago when her love for tennis blossomed during the bitter rivalry between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. She was drawn not only to the athleticism and competition of the sport but also to its language—love, fault, double fault, break, hold—words that lent themselves ideally to a story of obsession, betrayal and triumph.

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