Beach Music by Pat Conroy

By Pat Conroy

An American expatriate in Rome reveals his relatives legacy during this sweeping novel by way of the acclaimed writer of The Prince of Tides and The nice Santini
 
A Southerner dwelling out of the country, Jack McCall is scarred through tragedy and betrayal. His determined wish to locate peace after his wife’s suicide attracts him right into a painful, intimate look for the only haunting mystery in his family’s previous that could heal his anguished middle. Spanning 3 generations and continents, from the modern ruins of the yank South to the traditional ruins of Rome, from the unutterable horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life’s ache and glory. it's a novel of lyric depth and searing fact, one other masterpiece between Pat Conroy’s mythical and loved novels.
 
Praise for Beach Music
 
“Astonishing . . . wonderful . . . the diversity of passions and matters that convey existence to each web page is nearly endless.”The Washington put up publication World
 
“Magnificent . . . sincerely Conroy’s best.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Blockbuster writing at its best.”Los Angeles occasions e-book Review
 
“Pat Conroy’s writing features a advantage now infrequent in so much modern fiction: passion.”The Denver Post
 
“A strong, heartfelt tale.”Houston Chronicle

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You’ve always been restless, Jack, never knew how to be comfortable with your own kind. But mark my words. You’ll be back soon. The South’s got a lot wrong with it. ” Though my mother was onto something real, I stuck by my guns. I would tell American tourists who questioned me about my accent that I no longer checked the scores of the Atlanta Braves in the Herald Tribune and they could not get me to reread Faulkner or Miss Eudora at gunpoint. I did not realize or care that I was attempting to expunge all that was most authentic about me.

I alternated between cooking and weeping and I prayed for the repose of the soul of my sad, hurt wife. I suffered, I grieved, I broke down, and I cooked fabulous meals for those who came to comfort me. It was only a short time after we buried Shyla that her parents sued me for custody of my child, Leah, and their lawsuit brought me running back into the real world. I spent a dispiriting year in court trying to prove my fitness as a father. It was a time when I met a series of reptilian lawyers so unscrupulous that I would not have used their marrow to feed wild dogs or their wiry flesh to bait a crab pot.

She looked as though she had dressed for this moment with the help of the moon. Bowing deeply, Shyla asked me if she could have the pleasure of this dance. So we danced toward the central motion of our lives. The winds roared and a strange love rose like a tide between us and rested in the crown of waves that was loosening the frame of the house. Alone we danced beneath the full moon and the battery-powered light of cars as the team and their dates cheered each time they saw the giant shift taking place in the water-damaged foundation.

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