Pat Conroy Literary Center Book Club: South of Broad, with Discussion Leader Sean Scapellato
The Pat Conroy Literary Center Book Club will read and discuss all twelve of Pat Conroy's published memoirs and novels in order of publication, Each monthly session will be led by a guest discussion leader and be held at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. These events are free, but advance registration is required and seating is limited. Participants are asked to read the books before the meetings and to come prepared for discussion.
The ninth Conroy Center Book Club meeting will be led by Charleston writer and attorney Sean Scapellato as we discuss Conroy's novel South of Broad, published in 2009.
ABOUT SOUTH OF BROAD
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 Leos 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 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.
ABOUT SEAN SCAPELLATO
Sean A. Scapellato is a writer of fiction and essays, a former creative writing teacher at Charleston County School of the Arts, and now a lawyer in Charleston, South Carolina. He assisted Pat Conroy during the writing of and book tour for South of Broad. Sean is also a contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.
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