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Discussion Leader:

Jack Shinneman, a founding member of Georgia Writers Museum

GWHOF Book Club meets once a quarter to discuss a book from a GWHOF inductee, often one who is living with recently published books.  The quarterly book selections are the author’s most highly regarded books.

Georgia Writers Hall of Fame Book Club
Thursday November 21, 6:oo PM

The Great Santini 
by Pat Conroy
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Bull Meecham is the epitome of the Marine officer — as tough a disciplinarian at home as at the base. Rebellion, or even difference of opinion, is not tolerated. Objections are met with the statement “The Great Santini has spoken.” As the oldest child, Ben takes the brunt of his father’s criticism. His attempts to stand up for himself or his mother and sister are contemptuously dismissed. His feelings for his father are a mixture of hate and fear, reluctant pride in his prowess, and unacknowledged love

This is the story of a boy’s determination to be himself, whatever that may be. It is violent, shocking, funny, moving, and overwhelmingly real. From the early pages, with Bull’s wife and children waiting at the airport to welcome the Great Santini back into their midst, to the bittersweet ending, the reader’s interest and emotions are fixed upon the fluctuating fortunes of the Meecham family

Books from past GWHOF Book Club Meetings


August: Terry Kay To Dance with the White Dog

November: Judson Mitcham The Sweet Everlasting


February - Janisse Ray Ecology of a Cracker Childhood

May - Calder Willingham Rambling Rose

August - Bailey White Mama Makes up Her Mind…

November - Philip Lee Williams The Heart of a Distant Forest

February - Ferrol Sams Run With the Horsemen

May - Brainard Cheney Devil’s Elbow

August - Margaret Mitchell Gone with the Wind

November - Melissa Fay Greene The Temple Bombing. Praying for Sheetrock


February - Tayari Jones Leaving Atlanta

May - James Cobb, A Georgia Odyssey

August - Carson McCullers, The Heart is a Loney Hunter

November - Pat Conroy, The Great Santini

About the Author:  

Conroy wrote several acclaimed novels and memoirs; his books The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini, were made into films, the latter 2 being Oscar nominated. He is recognized as a leading figure of late-20th century Southern literature.