South of Broad - Pat Conroy

South of Broad

By Pat Conroy

  • Release Date: 2009-08-11
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 400 Ratings


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “A big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage” (The Washington Post) by the celebrated author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini
Leopold Bloom King has been raised in a family shattered—and shadowed—by tragedy. Lonely and adrift, he searches for something to sustain him and finds it among a tightly knit group of outsiders. Surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, as well as Charleston, South Carolina’s dark legacy of racism and class divisions, these friends will endure until a final test forces them to face something none of them are prepared for.
Spanning two turbulent decades, South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest: a masterpiece from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.
Praise for South of Broad
“Vintage Pat Conroy . . . a big sweeping novel of friendship and marriage.”The Washington Post
“Conroy remains a magician of the page.”The New York Times Book Review
“Richly imagined . . . These characters are gallant in the grand old-fashioned sense, devoted to one another and to home. That siren song of place has never sounded so sweet.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune
“A lavish, no-holds-barred performance.”The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“A lovely, often thrilling story.”The Dallas Morning News
“A pleasure to read . . . a must for Conroy’s fans.”—Associated Press


  • Splendid tome. His best in my opinion!

    By jdt_s
    More of the Charlestown’s tidewater, low-country area rich in cultural history and grace told by a consummate author whose prose is incredibly dense and memorable. This book was a pleasure to read. I love this area and visit as often as possible and read about the area as often as I can finds works thus situated. Highly recommended!
  • Loved it!

    By Veronica513
    One of the best books ever written!
  • Great read

    By TEBlanks
    This book is wonderful, I laughed, I cried, I saw and felt what each of the characters felt. Definitely a must read!
  • Great Read!

    By ANI1448
    Loved the words written by Pat Conroy in the I cant-stop-reading this book! Wonderful character development, fascinating story both heart wrenching and inspiring.....
  • Truly Amazing!

    By K. Chesser
    This book is truly amazing! It possesses diverse, interesting and witty characters you can't help but love and has a story line with twists and turns that will leave you wanting more!
  • South of Broad

    By Bombom54
    I feel as if I know Charleston as I have seen it through the words of Pat Conroy. The complexity of this story was thrilling with joy, tragedy, despair, & a deep wisdom. Thank you for the laughs, tears, and nail biting edge of my seat fear.
  • Melodic! Didn't want it to end

    By Jay in Clearwater
    This was one of Conroy's best works. His words are like music. Excellent!!
  • South of broad

    By ebmcga
    Mr. Conroy is an amazing storyteller. I am anxiously awaiting the next novel.
  • Conroy's best

    By Lane Willson
    This is one of my favorite Conroy works. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, this and Beach Music stand out as two of my favorites.
  • South of Broad

    By AfterMidnite
    I loved this book and Pat Conroy's style. I'm a big Conroy fan being a southern woman transplanted to California's Bay Area. I lived in Charleston 1980 - 1981 so could this book really resonated with me due to all the action taking place in San Francisco & Charleston, S.C. I love Conroy's ability to write in a way that so vividly paints, in words, the locale, sights, smells, sounds and atmosphere of a setting. And the characters are rich, real and so interesting. I highly recommend this book for a good read that is hard to put down and a must read for anyone who loves Charleston and the rich tapestry of southern characters and the beauty of the south.