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The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
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Pat Conroy is a master at lyrical prose that digs deep without letting go. At times it takes him awhile to get around and about but the path along the way is the reward. Its to be savored - and passages read again. This book was beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Tragic and yet there is hope.

Conroy creates characters of such depth - that we totally understand and can empathize with even the most wretched of characters such as the father. And then there is the hardened mother, a survivor, who believed she was protecting her children and herself but truly wasn't - and we come to see that her "southern strength" is really her weakness. This book will haunt you. I think it speaks to the dark secrets many families carry and that no matter how tormented we are, we can forgive and overcome evils done to us to create a full life of love and contentment.
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