Pat Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, will be remembered in a special collection of letters, articles, and essays this fall. A Lowcountry Heart will collect various works throughout his career, commemorating one of the great names in Southern literature who died earlier this year.
Along with articles and interviews written by Conroy, the new book will also feature tributes from the late author’s friends and colleagues, including a letter from his grandson and an introduction his widow Cassandra King. A Lowland Heart will also include Conroy’s eulogy.
“When Pat Conroy died, we all felt bereft,” reads publisher Nan A. Talese’s note to the reader in A Lowland Heart. “He had sent me less than 200 pages of his new novel, The Storms of Aquarius, about four male friends and teachers who came of age during the Vietnam War years, which he very much wanted to finish, but that was not to be. We are still searching his journals for more on this novel, and at some point we may have something to share with you. However, because we did not want his faithful readers to be without something from him we gathered together his various nonfiction pieces and we asked his wife, writer Cassandra King, to contribute an introduction.”
A Lowland Heart will be released on Oct. 25, the day before what would have been Conroy’s 71st birthday.