Terry Kay dedicated this book to Pat Conroy, one of the South's legendary writers. It is the perfect book to remind us of the talent we lost with Pat Conroy's death and the talent that remains with Terry Kay.
I had the honor of meeting Pat last September. He was just as charming in person as he is on the page--one of those people who is so much bigger than you are and yet who in just a few minutes can make you feel as if, in his mind, you are the special one.
Conroy had been battling pancreatic cancer.
Let Me Die In His Footsteps, Roy's new novel, set in a 1952 Kentucky town, concerns Annie Holleran, a 15 year old girl who has an uncanny sense of knowing how things will turn out before they've played themselves through.
It seems to be all about the crush these days -- man crushes, chick crushes, book crushes. When readers talk about their literary crushes, most are referring to characters in fiction. But when I casually mentioned my longtime infatuation with author Charles Baxter, it seemed to strike a chord.
The power and draw of Pat Conroy remains, but with limitations. My Reading Life has opened me up to his faults -- things which I did not want to see in the past or which were not as blatant.
Shannon Faulkner, the first woman to be admitted to the Citadel Military College, told Good Morning America today that her