Beach Music - Pat Conroy

Beach Music

By Pat Conroy

  • Release Date: 1995-06-01
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 4.5
From 413 Ratings


An American expatriate in Rome unearths his family legacy in this sweeping novel by the acclaimed author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini
A Southerner living abroad, Jack McCall is scarred by tragedy and betrayal. His desperate desire to find peace after his wife’s suicide draws him into a painful, intimate search for the one haunting secret in his family’s past that can heal his anguished heart. Spanning three generations and two continents, from the contemporary ruins of the American South to the ancient ruins of Rome, from the unutterable horrors of the Holocaust to the lingering trauma of Vietnam, Beach Music sings with life’s pain and glory. It is a novel of lyric intensity and searing truth, another masterpiece among Pat Conroy’s legendary and beloved novels.
Praise for Beach Music

“Astonishing . . . stunning . . . The range of passions and subjects that bring life to every page is almost endless.”The Washington Post Book World

“Magnificent . . . clearly Conroy’s best.”San Francisco Chronicle

“Blockbuster writing at its best.”Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Pat Conroy’s writing contains a virtue now rare in most contemporary fiction: passion.”The Denver Post

“A powerful, heartfelt tale.”Houston Chronicle


  • Timeless work of art.

    By Hayward H
    Mr Conroy has a timeless ability to connect with all people. As I read, and enjoy immensely, I think of my mom and realize she may have the capacity to enjoy it more. Reading this book was a pleasure. I wish I could forget it and read it for the first time again. I envy the ones that can expertly put life in words so eloquently.
  • What a tale!

    By HHI Maury
    No one can spin a tale like Pat! Wish I’d met you and we could have had a drink!
  • Mini series in a book

    By R2bbarnes
    Depth, intrigue, history, family... so many layers
  • Beach Music

    By Bogey14
    Could not put this book down. One of Conroy’s best
  • Loved this book

    By Leahcat123
    Highly recommend Beach Music. Although I love all his books, this one was especially enjoyable to me.
  • Years later still one of the best . . .

    By Jomayer84
    I read this book about 20 years ago and it still remains one of the best books I have ever read. A beautiful story by a beautiful storyteller . . . Spans decades with historical fiction, family crises, and a love story. Please don’t miss this.
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  • Beach Music

    By I teach 'em
    One of the best books I've ever read!! Amazing author!
  • Beach music

    By Dell dvine
    Probably the best book I have ever read! I laughed through many parts but cried uncontrollably at times--then I had to close the book and stop reading because I was so sad! Then beginning again, because I could not wait to start reading again. Hated it when the story ended but am sure I'll read it again soon. As great an author as Pat Conroy is, I can't imagine him writing a book that could equal this one!!!
  • Unforgettable story!

    By blmcaninch
    This book is my favorite of all time!