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Beach Music: A Novel
by Pat Conroy

Published: 2011-08-03
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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 ...
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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.


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by KarenC (see profile) 05/18/19

 
  "Beach Music"by LanaK (see profile) 09/17/14

Great book by Pat Conroy. Good discussions regarding families.

 
  "Beach Music"by lindachilds7 (see profile) 08/15/13

Everyone in our bookclub loved this book. Very captivating and dramatic. It was like 10 books in one. Definitely a must for any bookclub.

 
  "Good Discussion Book"by KarenC (see profile) 10/01/12

Pat Conroy as usual. Southern angst with Catholicism, the Vietnam War & the Holocaust thrown in for good measure.

 
  "Family Drama"by yherrera (see profile) 08/16/11

If you like family drama then you will love this book. This book tells the story of family secrets, betrayals love and loss. You will cry laugh and scream. You will think of these characters long after... (read more)

 
  "Beach Music"by lollygil (see profile) 05/26/11

A great story of family and Southern Charm.

 
  "Beach Music"by masmiley38 (see profile) 09/04/10

"Beach Music" is a beautifully written novel so read slowly to savor each word! One of my favorite books by Pat Conroy as he always tackles complicated family histories with Southern backgrounds. Loved... (read more)

 
  "Beach Music"by jtdefranco (see profile) 07/14/10

Very long (nearly 800 pages). Too many characters to keep good track of what they were doing and developing their presence. Lots of difficult and depressing topics in the book.

 
  "Beach Music"by jennyjo (see profile) 07/14/10

 
  "Follows Jack McCall as he grieves for his wife and must review everyone's past to heal so that he can move into the future."by AdrienneM (see profile) 08/01/08

Wonderfully written, appealing characters, great story line. I couldn't put it down. One of the best books I've read in a long time. Would be great for discussion.

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