#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...? 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...?hese 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...? must for Conroy's fans."-Associated Press
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by Pat Barker
by Pat Conroy
by Robert Goolrick
by Winston Groom
by James Lee Burke
by Peter Matthiessen
by Lee Vance
by Julia Glass
by Erskine Caldwell
by Aminatta Forna
"Listening to Pat Conroy's first novel in 14 years reminds one of just how mesmerizing and affecting a true storyteller can be. The slow, sonorous voice of Conroy's protagonist, Leo King, is perfectly performed by narrator Mark Deakins as he delivers King's loving descriptions of the people who live South of Broad in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina, in the 1960s and 1980s. Deakins is most affecting when 11-year-old Leo finds his beloved and beautiful older brother has committed suicide. This act hangs like a dark cloud over Leo for decades and is finally explained with heartbreaking emotion. Leo and an assorted band of friends reveal what is most beautiful and most ugly about the South, making this a must-listen for fans of the bestselling author. R.O. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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