South of Broad
by Pat Conroy

Overview - #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.  Read more...

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    Published: 2009-08-11
    Publisher: Nan A. Talese

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#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

  • ISBN-13: 9780385344074
  • ISBN-10: 0385344074
  • Publisher: Dial Press
  • Publish Date: May 2010
  • Page Count: 544
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.17 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.89 pounds

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