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Beach Music

Conroy, Pat

(Book - 1995)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Beach Music
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Pat Conroy is without doubt America's favorite storyteller, a writer who portrays the anguished truth of the human heart and the painful secrets of families in richly lyrical prose and unforgettable narratives. Now, in Beach Music, he tells of the dark memories that haunt generations, in a story that spans South Carolina and Rome and reaches back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.

Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking--and ultimately liberating--truths.

Told with deep feeling and trademark Conroy humor, Beach Music is powerful and compulsively readable. It is another masterpiece in the legendary list of classics that his body of work has already become.

PAT CONROY is the author of five previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides, the last four of which were made into feature films.

Baker & Taylor
Living in Rome with his daughter, Jack McCall finds his grief following his wife's suicide interrupted by the arrival of his sister-in-law and two friends seeking his help in tracking down a classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protestor

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Beach Music is about Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends asking for his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietnam protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South, and that leads him to shocking - and ultimately liberating - truths.

Baker
& Taylor

Living in Rome with his daughter, Jack McCall finds his grief following his wife's suicide interrupted by the arrival of his sister-in-law and two friends seeking his help in tracking down a classmate who went underground. 750,000 first printing. $750,000 ad/promo. Tour.

Publisher: New York : N.A.Talese, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 038547590X
0385413041
Characteristics: 628 p. ; 25 cm.

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This is Conroy's most hauntingly beautiful novel.

When Jack McCall's young wife Shyla kills herself in Charleston, he takes his baby daughter and starts life anew in Rome, Italy.

Five years later, he receives a message from his brother that their mother has cancer. Jack decides it is time to face his demons back home in the South and begin to discover why his wife jumped off that bridge.

If books about family dysfunction and forgiveness are your thing, this book is for you.
And we get beautiful descriptions of the sea and it's affect on those who live near her. The American South is truly another world.

Jun 25, 2011
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A++ "very good read"

Jun 24, 2011
  • eg102194 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorites - started slow and then I couldn't put it down. I found myself thinking about it for weeks afterward.

Jan 03, 2011
  • Gazebo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very good read, that gets better as it develops; author could have condensed the first 150 pages.

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