Best Book Review

Seabrook Wilkinson’s Review of Pat Conroy’s South of Broad

Staff Pick

This was hands-down the funniest review we’ve ever read, and not just because the Charleston Mercury included a sheepish editor’s note right off the rip, apologetically justifying such a ruthless review of a beloved, locally connected author. No, it had more to do with Seabrook Wilkinson’s perspective on the book. This was a review written by someone who is part of the society that Conroy skewers in his novel South of Broad. The best line comes with a hilarious caveat, particularly for a book review: “Not to hurt his feelings, but Pat Conroy does not know enough about the workings of Charleston society to describe it, far less demolish it.” (Italics added for emphasis). He ends with the most hilarious exclamation: “I declare, after half a century of avid reading, this is the tackiest book I have ever read.” Indeed.

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