Beach Music

Beach Music

Book - 1995
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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.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 1995
ISBN: 9780385413046
0385413041
9780385475785
0385475780
Branch Call Number: F Con

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knitter2248
Oct 02, 2017

Beautifully written. The author strings the reader along, slowly adding details from McCall's early life. A very satisfying book, illuminating much of the 60's and the country's strife with the Vietnam war. Highly recommended.

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queenmumscard
Aug 09, 2015

One of my favorite books. Excellent writing, you fall in love with the characters and his writing draws you in and keeps you attached until the end.

aaa5756 Jun 24, 2011

A++ "very good read"

eg102194 Jun 24, 2011

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

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Gazebo
Jan 03, 2011

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

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lpreston214
Apr 19, 2010

Another Pat Conroy novel with everything we've come to expect. Abusive, alcoholic fathers, loving and self-sacrificing (but far from perfect)mothers, suicides and mental illness, and plenty of angst from the past and hope for the future. Great settings in Rome and the South Carolina low country. Love it, love it, love it!!

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