Southern Dysfunctional families have been a popular fiction genre since the invention of paper and movable type; but no one elevated it to NYT Best-seller lists quite like Pat Conroy. Pat Conroy was The Grand Master of The Southern Dysfunctional Family novel.
I have “enjoyed” the several I have read… but can’t read them back-to-back. The dysfuntionality is too intense.
Pat Conroy died Friday from pancreatic cancer. He was 70. The South Carolina Low Country lost a literary legend.
I never met Conroy. I understand he was in a lifelong battle with internal demons ….. the same demons his characters battled in his dozen or so novels.