Beach Music by Pat Conroy
A Novel

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His narrator is a 6-foot-6 travel writer and gourmet cook, Jack McCall, who stuffs himself and everyone else in the novel with exotic and mouth-watering fare, calories be damned...is blockbuster writing at its best. A whole passel of people are going to stay awake late this summer compulsively turning its 640 pages...
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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.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from Pat Conroy's The Death of Santini.
 

About Pat Conroy

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PAT CONROY is the bestselling author of nine previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook, and South of Broad. Several of his books have been made into successful films. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.
 
Published August 3, 2011 by The Dial Press. 818 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michael Harris on Jun 25 1995

His narrator is a 6-foot-6 travel writer and gourmet cook, Jack McCall, who stuffs himself and everyone else in the novel with exotic and mouth-watering fare, calories be damned...is blockbuster writing at its best. A whole passel of people are going to stay awake late this summer compulsively turning its 640 pages...

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