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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (19,351 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pat Conroy Narrator: Mark Deakins Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The publishing event of the season: The one and only Pat Conroy returns, with a big, sprawling novel that is at once a love letter to Charleston and to lifelong friendship.

Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. 

The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Conroy is a master of American fiction and he has proved it once again in this magnificent love letter to his beloved Charleston, and to friendships that will stand the test of time.”


  • “Beautifully written throughout…Conroy is a natural at weaving great skeins of narrative, and this one will prove a great pleasure to his many fans.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Conroy writes with a momentum that’s impossible to resist.”


  • “Conroy is an immensely gifted stylist…No one can describe a tide or a sunset with his lyricism and exactitude.”

    Washington Post

  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Becky Blake | 2/4/2014

    " i want to pack up and visit Charleston right now! I could not put it down, 480 pages but I read it in 3 days. If I say much else, I will tread on spoiler territory...one plot device I didn't buy, but otherwise solid. Movie? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marla | 1/28/2014

    " This book was so enjoyable! I couldn't put it down. You really get sucked into the storyline. I recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nanci | 1/28/2014

    " A great story with an interesting and unexpected twist! Colorful characters with a lot of depth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jen | 1/27/2014

    " I really enjoyed how the story kept moving. There were a lot of characters so I had to remind myself early on how they were connected to one another, but eventually I knew them. It is a good book to take to the beach or on vacation. "

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