Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday: South of Broad


This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

South of Broad
By Pat Conroy
Publication Date: August 11
From Random House:

"Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for."

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Leave a comment with either the link to your own "Waiting On" Wednesday post or just your answer (if you don't have a blog).

26 comments:

Diane said...

I read about this one Jill, it does look good. Thanks for reminding me to add it to my list. Here is my pick:

http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-of-wednesday-wish-maker-ali.html

Alea said...

Hmm that sounds kind of interesting!

Here's mine:

http://aleapopculture.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-on-wednesday-24.html

Mary said...

That sounds like quite a book! I'll be watching for it.
Here's mine.

Lynne said...

Sounds like a good one!

Here's mine.

Marie Burton said...

The Burton Review has hers up!

Crystal said...

This one sounds good - I picked another southern novel for mine at:

My Reading Room

Kristi said...

South of Broad sounds really good - I had not heard of it before. Thanks for sharing! My pick is here.

Maria said...

That book looks interesting. I'm going to add it to my list. I posted on my blog what I'm waiting on.

bermudaonion said...

Oh my gosh! I didn't know Pat Conroy has a new book coming out. That's fantastic news.

Alyce said...

I hadn't heard of this one before, but I love books about friendship.

Here's my post.

Ink Mage said...

For the first week in April, here's mine!

Erika Lynn said...

great choice!

here is mine:
http://kissmybook.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-on-wednesday-perfect-fifths.html

Gwendolyn B. said...

Wow. Sounds like something you could really sink your teeth into!

I've just posted mine -- be nice -- I'm a fledgling blogger!

http://aseaofbooks.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-on-wednesday-and-waiting-and.html

Reader Rabbit said...

That does sound pretty good...I'll put it on my wishlist :)

Here's mine : http://readerrabbit.blogspot.com/2009/03/waiting-on-wednesday-tuesday.html

TheBookworm said...

This is my pick! :)

Mishel said...

That's a beautiful cover!

Here's mine:

http://creativitygone.blogspot.com/2009/04/day-117-waiting-on-wednesday-6.html

Wendy said...

Sounds interesting!

Here's Mine:

http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-on-wednesday.html

GirlwiththeBraids said...

Mine this week was All Was Know of Heaven.

Red lady-Bonnie said...

I haven't read a book by Conroy.

My post is HERE.

Rebecca Herman said...

Here's mine for this week http://rebeccasbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/waiting-on-wednesday-daughters-of-sea-1.html

purplg8r said...

Here is what I am waiting on

graciela said...

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Kaylee. said...

this sounds like a good book!

mine is really late, but here's my entry:
http://kayleesbookshelf.blogspot.com

-Kaylee.

Ravenous Reader said...

Hiya,
this week's choice sounds amazing. I will have to look into it.

Here is my choice

Marie Burton said...
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Les said...

Don't know if you have the book yet or not, but I just finished it last week and loved it! Posted my review a few minutes ago.