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About the BookLeopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered--and shadowed--by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of high school outsiders. Spanning two turbulent decades, "South of Broad" is Conroy at his finest.
Book Synopsis#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage" (The Washington Post) by the celebrated author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered--and shadowed--by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina's dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for. Spanning two turbulent decades, South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest: a masterpiece from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds. Praise for South of Broad
"Vintage Pat Conroy . . . a big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage."--The Washington Post "Conroy remains a magician of the page."--The New York Times Book Review
"Richly imagined . . . These characters are gallant in the grand old-fashioned sense, devoted to one another and to home. That siren song of place has never sounded so sweet."--New Orleans Times-Picayune
"A lavish, no-holds-barred performance."--The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A lovely, often thrilling story."--The Dallas Morning News
"A pleasure to read . . . a must for Conroy's fans."--Associated Press
Review QuotesPraise for South of Broad
Conroy is an immensely gifted stylist.... No one can describe a tide or a sunset with his lyricism and exactitude.--Chris Bohjalian, The Washington Post
Conroy writes with a momentum that's impossible to resist.--People, 3 of 4 stars.
Beautifully written throughout.... Conroy is a natural at weaving great skeins of narrative, and this one will prove a great pleasure to his many fans.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Conroy is a master of American fiction and he has proved it once again in this magnificent love letter to his beloved Charleston, and to friendships that will stand the test of time.--BookpagePraise for Beach Music Astonishing . . . stunning . . . the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless. --Washington Post Book World
Blockbuster writing at its best. --Los Angeles Times Book Review
Pat Conroy's writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion. --Denver Post
Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. --Houston Chronicle
Incandescent. --Atlanta Journal-Constitution Grand. --Boston Globe Lyrical . . . evocative . . . Beach Music is one from the heart, and it beats with a vibrancy that cannot be denied. --Hartford Courant Breathtaking . . . perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the year . . . a knockout. --Charlotte Observer Beach Music attains an almost ethereal beauty. --Miami Herald Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully . . . Conroy's narrative is so fluid and poetic that it's apt to seduce you into reading just one more page, just one more chapter. --Lexington Herald-Leader Compelling storytelling . . . a page-turner . . . Conroy takes aim at our darkest emotions, lets the arrow fly, and hits a bull's-eye almost every time. --Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
About The AuthorPat Conroy (1945-2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini.