Author: Pat Conroy
Source: TLC Book Tours
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 high school 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.
My Thoughts: Where to begin?? I think from the above synopsis you get the gist of the book, so I'm not going to waste your time by rehashing the story...I honestly just want to tell you how this book made me feel while reading it and most especially after I read the last page. Let me start off by saying this....I truly loved every single page of this book. Charleston came alive within the pages of South of Broad and this is one city that I MUST visit before I die. I want to walk down the streets of Leo's hometown and let this place seep into my blood and senses. The descriptions of the smells, sights, every day life, architecture, eccentricities of Charleston were just right...they painted the picture perfectly. You understood that the main character in this book was Charleston. My attention was captured from the first chapter and it never wavered. The characters became real to me...so real, that they invaded my dreams at night. At times, I caught myself wistfully wishing that I had friends like Leo's....friends from high school that were still TIGHT even after 20+ years of life. Friends that would drop everything and be there for you in a moment. Some of the events endured by certain characters are gut-wrenching and for me, the final chapters squeezed my heart and made me weep with sadness. I'm so happy that I agreed to do this tour for TLC because I have yet another book to add to my best reads of 2010 list!! Yes....I think it's that good!
Thank you to TLC for asking me to be a part of this book tour.
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Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of nine books: The Boo, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life and South of Broad. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.
Visit Pat Conroy’s website for more info about his work.