NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - "A painful, lyrical, addictive read" (People) by the cherished author of The Great Santini that brings his extraordinary career full circle
Pat Conroy's great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the often cruel and violent behavior of his father, Marine Corps fighter pilot Donald Patrick Conroy. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused brought even more attention, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy's life, the Santini unexpectedly refocused his ire to defend his son's honor.
"Conroy's conviction pulls you fleetly through the book, as does the potency of his bond with his family, no matter their sins."--The New York Times Book Review "Vital, large-hearted and often raucously funny."--The Washington Post
"Conroy writes athletically and beautifully, slicing through painful memories like a point guard splitting the defense."--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A brilliant storyteller, a master of sarcasm, and a hallucinatory stylist whose obsession with the impress of the past on the present binds him to Southern literary tradition."--The Boston Globe