Pat Conroy (1945-2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini.
Conroy's was the most talked-about book at the American Booksellers Association convention, even though it was reputedly only half-written. Hero Jack McCall, who has fled to Rome after his wife's suicide, is asked to locate a Sixties buddy whose antiwar activity drove him underground.
A man tries to make peace with himself in the wake of his wife's suicide in Conroy's long-awaited blockbuster, which was a PW bestseller for 24 weeks. (June)
"Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine
"Astonishing . . . stunning . . . the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless."--The Washington Post Book World
"Blockbuster writing at its best."-Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Pat Conroy's writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion."-The Denver Post
"Magnificent . . . Beach Music is clearly Conroy's best."-San Francisco Chronicle