Below is a summary of our discussion on our November “Book of the Month” South of Broad by Pat Conroy .
South of Broad follows the lives of a small group of eccentric friends from Charleston, South Carolina – spanning from the 1960s to the 1980s.
Readers noted that the book’s setup takes a painstakingly long time. Conroy spends a great deal of time detailing and describing Charleston before giving readers any actual plot – leading to some readers’ not finishing the novel at all.
The majority of those who were able to finish shared the feeling that the book had plenty of interesting characters and developments – including one final twist that surprised everyone. However, the plots were poorly intertwined and usually lacked solid resolutions. Some members of the group suggested that the book may have worked better as separate novels.
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Have you already read South of Broad, or some other Pat Conroy work? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments!