Beach Music by Pat Conroy
By Pat Conroy
An American expatriate in Rome finds his family members legacy during this sweeping novel by way of the acclaimed writer of The Prince of Tides and The nice Santini
A Southerner dwelling overseas, 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 single haunting mystery in his family’s previous that could heal his anguished center. Spanning 3 generations and continents, from the modern ruins of the yankee 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 soreness and glory. it's a novel of lyric depth and searing fact, one other masterpiece between Pat Conroy’s mythical and liked novels.
Praise for Beach Music
“Astonishing . . . attractive . . . the variety of passions and matters that convey lifestyles to each web page is sort of endless.”—The Washington put up e-book World
“Magnificent . . . truly Conroy’s best.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Blockbuster writing at its best.”—Los Angeles occasions ebook 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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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. As the Atlantic waters rose in a sanctioned dance of wave and tide, the house began to sway like the first terrible lifting of Noah’s Ark. We could hear the other five remaining couples as they screamed with pleasure and terror in that room directly beneath us. I held Shyla closely, dancing with the girl who had taught me how to dance on the veranda of my house.
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 was serious about needing some time to heal and giving my soul a much needed rest. My quest was amnesia; my vehicle was Rome. For five years, my plan worked very well. But no one walks out of his family without reprisals: a family is too disciplined an army to offer compassion to its deserters.
As I spoke, my voice crossing the years and the Atlantic, Leah would always look at the photograph of her lovely, wide-eyed mother that rested on the bedside table. I knew that the story made her love her mother more deeply, feel closer to her in a way nothing else could, and it was just what I intended. “I first fell in love with Shyla Fox, a girl I had known my whole life, on St. ” “It was St. Michael’s Island,” Leah corrected. ” “That’s right,” I said, always pleased by her attention to detail.