“Tell Me a Story” book review

Release date: October 29, 2019

“Tell Me a Story” is a devastatingly excellent memoir in the way only a Pat Conroy story can be.

After a childhood filled with brutality and cruelty, and adulthood marked by depression and two failed marriages, Pat Conroy finally met his true love, Cassandra King.

King does an impeccable job of bringing the reader inside their incredible and unlikely story. Her writing is fresh and honest, sometimes painfully so. Fans of Conroy will adore every page and feel honored to walk alongside Cassandra as she tells their love story, from beginning to end.

Some of my favorite passages included stories about fun times with their blended families, cooking together, and their mutual support of each other’s writing careers. King writes about Conroy’s shy side when they first began dating and their funny nicknames for each other. After a lifetime of ongoing family drama and emotional turmoil, it was especially satisfying to read about the happy, peace-filled times they spent together prior to his tragic death.

King was an accomplished writer before meeting Conroy and has written five novels, including NY Times bestsellers The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls. (I read and enjoyed both of them.)

The October issue of Garden and Gun magazine features “Tell Me a Story” and while searching the website I stumbled across this 2013 interview of the Conroys in a fun, atypical “back porch” format. Click here to see it.

Conroy’s famous quote is now immortalized in the beautiful window at MJudson Booksellers in Greenville, SC

“Who wouldn’t want to know what it was like to be married to Pat Conroy, one of the greatest writers to ever spring forth from the Lowcountry of South Carolina? Cassandra, his widow, takes you inside their deep and abiding love in this beautifully and soulfully written memoir.” – Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author

I highly recommend pre-ordering “Tell Me a Story” if you haven’t already. And if there’s a Pat Conroy fan in your life, this would be an excellent gift.

But if you need more convincing, check this out.

Happy Reading!

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