Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship

Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship

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Overview

For Pat Conroy Fans, a Loving, Laughter-Filled Homage to a Loyal, Big-Hearted Friend

Pat Conroy, the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books, was beloved by millions of readers. Bernie Schein was his best friend from the time they met in a high-school pickup basketball game in Beaufort, South Carolina, until Conroy’s death in 2016. Both were popular but also outsiders as a Jew and a Catholic military brat in the small-town Bible-Belt South, and they bonded. Wiseass and smart aleck, loudmouths both, they shared an ebullient sense of humor and romanticism, were mesmerized by the highbrow and reveled in the low, and would sacrifice entire evenings and afternoons to endless conversation. As young teachers in the Beaufort area and later in Atlanta, they were activists in the civil rights struggle and against institutional racism and bigotry. Bernie knew intimately the private family story of the Conroys and his friend’s difficult relationship with his Marine Corps colonel father that Pat would draw on repeatedly in his fiction.

A love letter and homage, and a way to share the Pat he knew, this book collects Bernie’s cherished memories about the gregarious, welcoming, larger-than-life man who remained his best friend, even during the years they didn’t speak. It offers a trove of insights and anecdotes that will be treasured by Pat Conroy’s many devoted fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948924139
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 314,719
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Bernie Schein was born, bred, and Bar Mitzvahed in Beaufort, South Carolina. He was an educator for forty-five years, many of them in Atlanta. He is the author of three books, including If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom and the novel Famous All over Town. He has been published and featured in numerous newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, the Jewish Advocate, Atlanta magazine, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and interviewed on NPR and radio stations across the country. He is now an educational consultant as well as a humorist and raconteur. He and his wife live in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

I Famous Always, Wherever He Was 1

II The War at Home, the War Abroad 16

III Pat Becomes a Famous Writer Because There's No Indoor Plumbing on Daufuskie Island 46

IV What Pat Left Out of The Great Santini 64

V The Greater Pat's Literary Fame and Success, the More Tragic and Unhappy His Personal Life 75

VI A Jew in the Bible Belt, a Rebel without a Pause at the Citadel 111

VII Pat Marries Lenore 121

VIII Pat Writes, Pat Teaches 128

IX Fame Frightens Pat 133

X Rome 144

XI The Slings and Arrows of Fame 148

XII A Moment of Clarity 155

XIII The Rift 164

XIV Rapprochement and Retirement 175

XV Beaufort, Once Again 181

XVI Pat Loses Confidence in His Writing 204

XVII The Griffin Market Lunch Group 215

XVIII The Intervention 221

XIX Once More into the Wreckage 227

XX Pat Rallies Again 231

XXI A Reconciliation 241

XXII Conroy@70, His Last Hurrah 248

XXIII Pat's Last Night on Earth 254

XXIV My Farewell Letter to Pat 256

XXV The Afterlife: The Conversation Continues 262

XXVI Pat's Legacy 265

Acknowledgments 273

Permissions Acknowledgments 275

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