'It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father's ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life.'..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 ...
'It was my father who called the city the Mansion on the River. He was talking about Charleston, South Carolina, and he was a native son, peacock proud of a town so pretty it makes your eyes ache with pleasure just to walk down its spellbinding, narrow streets. Charleston was my father's ministry, his hobbyhorse, his quiet obsession, and the great love of his life.'..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-from1960s 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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Very good. A well-cared-for item that has seen limited use but remains in great condition. The item is complete, unmarked, and undamaged, but may show some limited signs of wear. Item works perfectly. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine is undamaged.
Conroy is always good. Interesting read, makes me want to move to Charleston.
Jan 5, 2012
Another Pat Conroy Gem!
South of Broad was a wonderful read - January choice for our book club. I have always loved Pat Conroy's books and South of Broad proved to be as good if not better than his others. Each chapter has you turning the page to the next to see what happens to the group of friends in this book and once you get to the last page - you'd like it to continue on - but then the book would be way over 500 pages! That seemed intimidating to several in our club but the book flows so well it's not long before you have enjoyed his newest tale of South Carolina!
Nov 4, 2010
Page turner cover to cover
Beautifully written and full of captivating twists. I lovewd it so much, I bought a copy for my sister.
Oct 14, 2010
South of Broad
Look for my reserved rave on the website: www.seniorwomen.com
Aug 5, 2010
I loved this book. It is the first of his that I have read, but as a result of this book I have bought 3 others. I am from Charleston, South Carolina. This book really hit home with me as I grew up in Charleston during the time most of this book took place.
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