It is a sad day in my heart. Pat Conroy passed away last night at the age of 71. He recently announced that he had an aggressive type of cancer. But he avowed to finish one last book. Little did any of us know he would be gone so soon. To say he will be sorely missed is a gross understatement.
I thank my lucky stars that I was able to meet Pat a few years ago when he spoke at The Miami Book Fair
My friend Danielle and I were in the audience as he regaled us with tales of his childhood and his unbelievably dysfunctional family. He also brought us to tears with memories of helping his mother through her last months of cancer. Pat knew what it was like to fight cancer. And he knew what it was like for the family.
My all-time favorite book is BEACH MUSIC.
Pat outdid himself with this book. I always said I would read a cookbook if he wrote it, and then he did just that.
It’s hard to believe he’s really gone. I will cherish each of his books. Especially my copy of BEACH MUSIC which he personalized for me.
Be in peace! And God bless his wife and family.