The Prince Of Tides – Pat Conroy

TidesThis is a richly textured book, set in South Carolina’s low-country, about one night of terror that devastates a family. Tom Wingo’s twin sister, Savannah, a famous poet living in New York City, tries to commit suicide — again. Since Tom’s marriage, and his career as a high school football coach, seem to be crumbling, he flies to New York to help. There, he meets with her psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Lowenstein, who is trying to unlock the door to her patient’s pattern of self-destruction.  Dr. Lowenstein is relying on Tom to be his sister’s memory.  What the good doctor doesn’t realize is that the last thing Tom wants to do is remember.  Both Tom and Savannah are haunted by a painful childhood, a domineering mother, and a tragedy that has colored their entire lives. In trying to save his sister, Tom might just save himself.  The author’s ability to convey the vanishing beauty of the low-country — it’s changing way of life, and the depth of the character’s emotions are what sets this book apart.

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