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 respected Joyce scholar.
After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of 10, 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, 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, as well as 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.
SOUTH OF BROAD © Copyright 2011 by Pat Conroy. Reprinted
with permission by Dial Press Trade Paperback. All rights
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