Pat Conroy was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia, to a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, whom Pat often credits for his love of language. He was the first of seven children. South of Broad, Conroy’s fifth novel and ninth book, presents readers with a Conroy first: a totally lovable father for Leo Bloom King, the story's central figure. The book is not only a love letter to the city of Charleston; it is a celebration of lifelong friendship. Conroy currently lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina with his wife, the novelist Cassandra King.