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-from 1960s 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.
©2009 Pat Conroy; (P)2009 Random House
What has Pat Conroy been doing for 14 years? And what kind of parents would call their daughter "Sheba"? I dislike the naming of characters with exotic names, to sort of make the reader think that person is ""special". The publisher's summary mentions the suicide of the protagonist's brother as a key incident, so as to make you think the book is about family dynamics in adjusting to tragedy. However the tragedy merely plays a background role - so far - and I've only read a few chapters but I cannot go on with this self-indulgent drivel from the mouths of overgrown high-school students with nothing better to do than party.
What editor in his/her right mind would consider this serious literature? I's no more than a daytime TV soap opera read by a baritone voice that reminds me of that old governor of Georgia, George Wallace.
If you like Charleston, as so many of the positive reviewers do, you may like this shallow exploration into post-adolescent angst delivered by a southern baritone voice that will remind you of the worst preachers (of any faith) to which your parents dragged to of a Saturday or Sunday morning.
Pat you have let me down.
Pat Conroy lives up to his wonderful writing style. What a different book! Fate, friendship, an coming of age...highly recommend! The narrator was fantastic! I want to go to Charleston...wish I were a Charlestonian! Lynn :)
Avid book listener. I love anything James Lee Burke,John Sandford and Nelson Demille. Stephen King has entertained me recently.
I have been a huge fan of Pat Conroy and couldn't wait for South of Broad but I have been very disappointed in characters and story line.I am slmost finished and I have not once been taken away into the story.What has happened to a great storyteller?
Wanted to like this book but found it tooooo unbelievable. Every event in recent American history seemed to feature and none in any depth. Endings tied up a bit too well.
Did enjoy the narrator.
Yes would try again I have heard good things about Pat Conroy
Did not really get to like the characters
No. Well if there was I would not be enticed to read it
I thought this book would never end. Mr. Conroy, please get a new editor. The dialogue was lame. The story was OK at best.
I have enjoyed other books by this author and will read him again.
Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who loves to be swept away by hypnotic prose.
I was completely captivated by South of Broad's Author-Reader combination. This audio book was unlike any I've ever experieced. The way this story ties together at the end is pure genius. Finished listening while sitting in my car (on a Saturday night) see . . I listen to audio books on my daily 3 hour work commute . . . and couldn't wait until Monday to finish it! Mark's voice is mesmerizing, No other reader could have pulled this reading off with the same effectiveness. AMAZING!!!!! This is Pat's best in my opinion, Wish for more books by Pat with Mark as the reader please??? MORE - MORE - MORE!!!!
Pat Conroy enjoys popularity as a Southern writer and South of Broad exemplifies his considerable power of descriptions and knowledge of the South. But the real master storyteller here is Mr. Deakins with his rich intonations and perfect rhythm in telling a tale.
My husband and I listened to this on a long trip and we both loved it. The story is great and the author can really paint pictures with words! And he certainly knows his area.
I highly recommend this book about coming of age, making your way through life, friends for life through thick and thin, and everything about Charleston!
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