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South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  

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August 2010 Good Housekeeping selection.

Bestselling author of Prince Of Tides, Pat Conroy, has made his fans wait 14 years for South of Broad, an intricate and beautifully written tale of a boy trying to come to terms with his brother’s suicide.

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Synopsis

South of Broad by Pat Conroy

Leopold Bloom King is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, a former nun, is the high school principal and a respected Joyce scholar. He has had an unremarkable, happy family life. But after Leo's ten-year-old brother commits suicide, 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 tight knit group of older high school students that includes Sheba and Trevor Poe - glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father - hard-scrabble 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 to 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, as well as the American South'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.

Reviews

'A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage... The millions of readers who cherish Conroy's work won't be at all disappointed - and nor will anyone who owns stock in Kleenex.'
Chris Bohjalian, Washington Post

About the Author

Pat Conroy is the author of six previous novels: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

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Book Info

Publication date

1st July 2010

Author

Pat Conroy

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www.patconroy.com/

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Publisher

Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books

Format

Hardback
528 pages

Categories

Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781848875005

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