Pat Conroy is one of my favorite authors. The Prince of Tides one of my all-time favorite books. His magnolia-scented prose echoes a south I can only imagine. The descriptions in South of Broad are delicious, delectable, luxurious in their richness, but it is the characters that I fell in love with: Leo Bloom, Sheba and Trevor Poe and their band of high-
school friends turned adults on a quest. The novel spans decades and tells the story of friendship, the AIDS crisis of the 1980s in San Francisco, the downfall of the Catholic church, integration and so much more. Conroy's novel is full of love, saints and sinners who come to know each other and commit to life in a way most characters only dream.