Saturday, March 5, 2016
I doubt that many of you are as fond of the writings of Pat Conroy as I am. He wore his heart on his sleeve and in his novels, all of which were runaway best sellers. He captured the soul of South Carolina, especially Charleston, in its lyrical beauty as well as its grit and sometimes ugly heritage. He died last night at age 70 after a quick bout with cancer. For those who may be interested, I have included two links: Pat Conroy and Pat Conroy 2, written by Adam Parker and Brian Hicks respectively. The story dominated the A section of the Saturday paper. Since Conroy died at 10:00 PM on Friday, you can imagine the scrambling to rearrange the paper. Cindy was busy until later than usual. Adam Parker was my mentor as I got into the book review business. Brian Hicks has published both fiction and non-fiction. His latest is an account of Joe Riley who has just finished his tenth four year term as Mayor of Charleston.