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Prince of Tides, the (1986) [Novel]
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In his most brilliant and powerful novel, Pat Conroy tells the story of Tom Wingo, his twin sister, Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the family into which they were born. Set in New York City and the lowcountry of South Carolina, the novel opens when Tom, a high school football coach whose marriage and career are crumbling, flies from South Carolina to New York after learning of his twin sister's suicide attempt. Savannah is one of the most gifted poets of her generation, and both the cadenced beauty of her art and the jumbled cries of her illness are clues to the too-long-hidden story of her wounded family. In the paneled offices and luxurious restaurants of New York City, Tom and Susan Lowenstein, Savannah's psychiatrist, unravel a history of violence, abandonment, commitment, and love. And Tom realizes that trying to save his sister is perhaps his last chance to save himself. With passion and a rare gift of language, the author moves from present to past, tracing the amazing history of the Wingos from World War II through the final days of the war in Vietnam and into the 1980s, drawing a rich range of characters: the lovable, crazy Mr. Fruit, who for decades has wordlessly directed traffic at the same intersection in the southern town of Colleton; Reese Newbury, the ruthless, patrician land speculator who threatens the Wingos' only secure worldly possession, Melrose Island; Herbert Woodruff, Susan Lowenstein's husband, a world-famous violinist; Tolitha Wingo, Savannah's mentor and eccentric grandmother, the first real feminist in the Wingo family.

Original title: The Prince of Tides
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionMental Illness
FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionRegional Interest

Edition #1: The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides (1986)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "A big, sprawling saga of a novel, the kind Steinbeck and James Jones used to write, the kind Irving keeps writing, the kind you can hole up with and spend some days with and put down feeling that you've emerged from a terrible, wonderful spell." San Francisco Chronicle
  • "A literary gem...The Prince of Tides is in the best tradition of novel writing. It is an engrossing story of unforgettable characters...Its description of rural South Carolina and the effect of that ambience on those who live there is masterful. Pat Conry writes from the heart." The Pittsburgh Press
  • "A brilliant novel that ultimately affirms life, hope and the belief that one's future need not be contaminated by a monstrous past." Chicago Tribune
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The Prince of Tides (2006)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
ISBN: 0552773581
Pages: 672

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The Prince ofTides (1987)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Books
ISBN: 0553268880
Pages: 664

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The Prince of Tides (1976)

Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
ISBN: 9780395353004
Pages: 576

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