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Beach Music by Pat Conroy
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Mar 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, audio-read

Pat Conroy is an extremely complex writer. Beach Music is several stories within a story. By the end of the book, I felt as if I was living Jack and Leah's story with them. I especially loved the chat with the author at the end of the audio book. Jack needed to know the stories of his dead wife's parents who lived through the Holocaust before he could begin to understand why his wife committed suicide, leaving him to raise their daughter, Leah. Jack decides he has to remove Leah from his wife's family, as well as his own crazy family. When his mother, Lucy, the Southern socialite, is diagnosed with leukemia, he realizes he has done a great disservice to his daughter. How can she know who she is if she doesn't know where she came from? Jack goes back to make peace with his mother, father, brothers and Shila's parents for his daughter's sake, as well as his own healing.

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