The Dowager Cover

The Dowager (1968) is one of four novels by Anniston native Elise Sanguinetti that center on the fictional Whitfield family. In this novel, the main character, Winky, is forced to return home to Charleston, S.C., after completing college and suffering a failed love affair. The novel focuses on her feelings of claustrophobia in having to reimmerse herself in the city's social life. The novel's title, a term for a wealthy widow, refers to the city itself.