Cassandra King (Conroy)

Cassandra King (Conroy) is an award-winning author of five novels, a nonfiction book, and a memoir, Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy, is her most recent release.

 

She has also written numerous short stories, magazine articles, and essays. She has taught creative writing in colleges and conducted corporate writing seminars. 

King’s novels have won the hearts of readers everywhere, but especially in the South. Often told in first person, her novels portray strong and memorable characters struggling with the same timely issues and dilemmas readers face. The Sunday Wife and The Same Sweet Girls were nominated for Southern Independent Booksellers Association’s (SIBA) book of the year award. 

Her first novel, Making Waves was released in 1995. Then came The Sunday Wife (2002), a New York Times bestseller and it was a Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club selection, and winner of several other awards. As one of Booksense’s top discussion selections, the Nestle Corporation selected it for a national campaign to promote reading groups.

The Same Sweet Girls was the national number one Booksense Selection on its release in 2005, as well a Book-of-the-Month Club and Literary Guild selection. It spent several weeks on both the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. Two years later, Queen of Broken Hearts was released. Set in King’s home state of Alabama, it , became a Literary Guild and Book-of-the-Month Club Selection as well as a SIBA bestseller. Her fifth novel Moonrise (2013), was a SIBA Okra Pick and a Southern Booksellers bestseller. 

King’s non-fiction book The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life, released in 2013, was also an Okra Pick. 

 

The widow of acclaimed author Pat Conroy, Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina, where she is honorary chair of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

Bestselling author Cassandra King Conroy considers her life and the man she shared it with, paying tribute to her husband, Pat Conroy, the legendary figure of modern Southern literature.

Cassandra King was leading a quiet life as a professor, divorced “Sunday wife” of a preacher, and debut novelist when she met Pat Conroy.

 

Their friendship bloomed into a tentative, long-distance relationship. Pat and Cassandra ultimately married, ending Pat's long commutes from coastal South Carolina to her native Alabama. It was a union that would last eighteen years, until the beloved literary icon’s death from pancreatic cancer in 2016.

In this poignant, intimate memoir, the woman he called King Ray looks back at her love affair with a natural-born storyteller whose lust for life was fueled by a passion for literature, food, and the Carolina Lowcountry that was his home. As she reflects on their relationship and the eighteen years they spent together, cut short by Pat’s passing at seventy, Cassandra reveals how the marshlands of the South Carolina Lowcountry ultimately cast their spell on her, too, and how she came to understand the convivial, generous, funny, and wounded flesh-and-blood man beneath the legend—her husband, the original Prince of Tides.

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