The long-awaited new novel by the author of the bestselling The Prince of Tides.
With the spectacular worldwide success of his unforgettable novel The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy established himself as a major international writer. He is known for his anguished and painfully honest insights into families and the human heart. He now returns with Beach Music, a story which tells of a family haunted by dark memories that reach back into the unutterable terrors of the Holocaust.
Jack McCall, an American living in Rome with his young daughter, is trying to find peace after the recent trauma of his wife's suicide. But his solitude is disturbed by the appearance of his sister-in-law, who begs him to return home, and of two school friends, who want his help in tracking down another classmate who went underground as a Vietman protester and never resurfaced. These requests launch Jack on a journey that encompasses the past and the present in both Europe and the American South: a quest that leads him to shocking and ultimately liberating truths.
“'Conroy is at his absolute best...a master storyteller'”
“'Rich in haunting imagery and seductive, suspenseful storytelling'”
“'A thumping good read, superior in its lyricism and wisdom to everything else in the popular genre'”
“'Conroy has a passion for words and story, a way of making the reader trust his revelations, and an icily observant eye'”