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South of Broad - Pat Conroy
South of Broad
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The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston and to lifelong friendship.Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints.... show more
The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston and to lifelong friendship.Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385413053 (038541305X)
ASIN: 038541305X
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Pages no: 460
Edition language: English
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Mellkoh
Mellkoh rated it
4.0 South of Broad
A lot of people have "ragged" on this book saying that the dialogue was unbelievable,that the drama was overrought, that there was too much tragedy and that it was impossible to believe all the events could happen to one group of friends. To these nay-sayers I say pfft, whatever! This was a great ...
The House That Books Built
The House That Books Built rated it
5.0 South of Broad
This had me up all hours and tears rolling down my cheeks. I love Pat Conroy's work..
June's Room
June's Room rated it
5.0 South of Broad
This had me up all hours and tears rolling down my cheeks. I love Pat Conroy's work..
SandyQ
SandyQ rated it
Too many side plots, too many coincidences, too many unbelievable details.
meganmorlok
meganmorlok rated it
I like Pat Conroy. I've enjoyed most of his books. South of Broad felt a little over the top at times and a bit far fetched. I mean, how much misery can you fit into one person's life?
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