Lisa says… Read Pat Conroy’s new novel, “South of Broad!”

By Lisa Hamilton

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
South of Broad
by Pat Conroy

For Pat Conroy fans, the fourteen year wait is over! His new novel, South of Broad, is a beautiful yet heartbreaking, story of the bonds formed by faith, family and friendship. Conroy, a son of the south, once again weaves a masterful story set against the beautiful backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, and proves himself again to be not only a masterful Southern writer, but a great American author. This book is fluid and poetic, classic Conroy and a page turner to the very end.

Leo King’s life takes a drastic turn when he finds his thirteen year-old brother dead in the bathtub, and years pass before he can come back to the real world that awaits him. In 1969, he makes the friends that will last him a lifetime and begins their remarkable journey together through good and bad times. Suicide, race relations of the times, class struggle and religion all factor into a story that will make you laugh out loud and cry like a baby. It is by far Conroy’s most unique cast of characters and will evoke love and hate; fear and cheer.

Those who are familiar with Charleston will enjoy reading about the places and characters of this book (real and not). Those familiar with South Carolina will remember classic football rivalries and one serious Hurricane. Those familiar with the counterculture of the sixties and seventies, and the AIDS crisis of the eighties – your heart and soul will be touched. Everyone else – enjoy this remarkable tale of friends whose ties endure forever.

About this writer

  • Lisa Hamilton A native South Carolinian, Lisa Hamilton is the director of the First Presbyterian Church Preschool and Kindergarten. Of course she loves reading, but also finds time for cooking and walking her dog, Hurley.

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