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Beach Music: A Novel

Beach Music: A Novel

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Author: Conroy, Pat

Brand: Dial Press Trade Paperback

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Reprint

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  • Dial Press

Number Of Pages: 800

Release Date: 26-03-2002

Details: Product Description 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 Review “Reading Pat Conroy is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.” —Houston Chronicle “Astonishing . . . stunning . . . the range of passions and subjects that brings life to every page is almost endless.” —The Washington Post Book World “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 “Magnificent . . . Beach Music is clearly Conroy’s best.” –San Francisco Chronicle From the Back Cover PAT CONROY, America's preeminent storyteller, delivers a sweeping novel of lyric intensity and searing truth-the story of Jack McCall, an American expatriate in Rome, 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 another masterpiece in PAT CONROY'S legendary list of beloved novels. About the Author Pat Conroy (1945–2016) was the author of The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, My Losing Season, South of Broad, My Reading Life, and The Death of Santini. Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter One I am usually up when the Piazza Farnese awakens. In darkness I brew my coffee and take a cup up to the terrace where I watch first light come over the deer-colored city. At six in the morning, the man at the newspaper stand arrives and begins arranging magazines beneath his canopy. Then a truck enters the piazza from the west carrying bales of Il Messaggero and other morning papers. The two carabinieri who guard the entrance to the French Embassy switch on the lights of their jeep to begin their slow perfunctory circling of the Palazzo Farnese. Wearing the same expressions, like face cards in a disfigured deck, the carabinieri seem bored and usually you can see the pale glow of their cigarettes against the dashboards as they sit in their cars during the long Roman night. A van carrying fragrant bags of coffee then arrives in front of the Bon Caffe at the same time the owner of the cafe rolls up the steel shutters. His first cup of coffee always goes to the driver of the truck, the second to the owner of the newspaper stand. A small boy, the son of the owner,

EAN: 9780553381535

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

Item Condition: UsedLikeNew