By Pat Conroy
An American expatriate in Rome reveals his kin legacy during this sweeping novel through the acclaimed writer of The Prince of Tides and The nice Santini
A Southerner residing 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 only haunting mystery in his family’s prior that could heal his anguished middle. Spanning 3 generations and continents, from the modern ruins of the yank 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 ache and glory. it's a novel of lyric depth and searing fact, one other masterpiece between Pat Conroy’s mythical and liked novels.
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“Astonishing . . . wonderful . . . the diversity of passions and matters that convey lifestyles to each web page is sort of endless.”—The Washington publish publication World
“Magnificent . . . truly Conroy’s best.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Blockbuster writing at its best.”—Los Angeles occasions e-book Review
“Pat Conroy’s writing incorporates a advantage now infrequent in so much modern fiction: passion.”—The Denver Post
“A strong, heartfelt tale.”—Houston Chronicle
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His wife would generally come upon him in this condition and their screaming at each other was loud enough to be heard by pedestrians walking along the Tiber and those coming out of the Piazza Navona. Whatever protocols the De Angelos kept in the privacy of their apartment did not apply to their violent public encounters. Leah and I had watched several of them from our window high over the piazza, and for sheer volume and quality of invective this Roman couple were in a class by themselves. The quarrels usually ended with a distraught and weeping Sophia breaking into a shameful run back to her home after realizing that the whole piazza was listening to and thoroughly enjoying the couple’s histrionics.
More and more of the dancers broke and ran laughing as the sea began to take the house apart from below. The salt-rusted nails were moaning like cellos in the grain of endangered wood. I was in the middle of doing the shag to “Annie Had a Baby” when a wave tore off the banister of the front porch and I lost my partner, Ledare Ansley, who fled outside with most of the others, squealing with fear and wearing my letterman’s jacket. Left alone, I took my pint of Maker’s Mark up to the top floor and went out onto the deck just off the master bedroom.
The man kept his distance and did not even mount the bridge until he saw us walk down the stairs beside the Regina Coeli prison. He was being more cautious now that he knew we were aware he was following us. Perhaps people in the piazza had told him about my throwing Mimmo into the pinball machine. We entered the courtyard of Sacra Cuore at the end of the long street, the Via di San Francesco di Sales. Suor Rosaria, a slight but beautiful nun who had a reputation as one of the best teachers of young children in Rome, saw us approaching.
Beach Music by Pat Conroy