South of Broad by Pat Conroy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I think of how to describe this book I am reminded of John Irving's writing. The reason for that is some of the characters & events that take place in the book I believe are comparable to the feel of an Irving book. Which is not meant as an insult as I am an Irving fan!
With that being said you also cannot mistake this book being written by Conroy. It has his vivid, beautiful descriptions of places & surroundings which he is known for. It's so easy to imagine the places he writes about even when you haven't been there.
As for the book overall I found it to be very good. Entertaining, nice flow & easy to read. The story takes place starting in the 1960's up to the 1990's. The main character Leo King is a child when the story begins & goes throughout his life up to an adult. Both a coming of age story as well as a look into events that took place in the stories time periods. Such as racism & AIDS. Of course I have to mention Leo's group of unforgettable friends too! Friends from all walks of life & their adventures & life growing up together. Friends you won't soon forget! I was very pleased with this book.
It had the coming of age, history, love & adventure. A little something for everyone! I would recommend this book to any Irving fans as well as all Conroy fans. If you're looking for a book about life, growing up & the hardship of growing up in a certain time period this is a great one!
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