This is the first book of Pat Conroy’s that I have read. I found it a little difficult to get into it because I thought his thoughts were all over the place. But I persevered. I am glad that I did. I thought his recollections of his childhood and his parents marriage were written well and definitely held me. I am not sure that the childhood described is unusual for the circumstances and time period in our country. Having had an Irish grandmother, I recognized some of the traits shared by Don. I also can remember the popularity of drinking in the 50’s. At least in my experience of spending my childhood in the 50’s.
It was interesting to see how his feelings evolved about his father and the respect he developed for him. It was good to see humor as well as tears expressed in the book.
The saddness of Tom’s suicide and Carol Ann’s delusions made me aware of the delicate nature of family.