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Paula CallEddyville, Kentucky

I can relate to many things in your books, including your childhood experiences. My parents fought an ongoing war, and they split their four children into an army of two for each. This leaves scars. Even so, all of us remained very much in our parents' lives until their death.

Unfortunately, I also share estrangement from two of my adult children. I understand that today there are many adults who cut their parents out of their lives for unclear reasons. I think this might be a good subject for you to write about, since you appear to be living this nightmare. I would specifiically be interested in your take on why it seems to take little more than oversalted eggs for breakfast to warrant this break compared to the unconditional love we felt for our parents.


Mon, Jan 26, 2015 13:10 pm 42983 Email Remove
Gary TitmasArizona

I enjoyed all your books. I have a similar background as yours. Please write a book about the crippling effects of mental illness on the victim and those near and dear. I know of no effective medical treatment for mental illness. The medicine is worse than the illness.


Mon, Jan 26, 2015 10:10 am 42968 Email Remove
stephen mahoneyUnited States

Mr. Conroy, I have read most of your books including your latest, the death of the great santini, which was excellent. I'm rereading the prince of tides which has more meaning at 58 than when I was younger. Thanks. I was raised in Florida and have lived in Pittsburgh for 28 years. There is a big difference between the northern and southern culture. The northern women seem to be more angry at men than southern women are, and more angry overall. I have my opinions as to why but don't have space to elaborate. You have not addressed this in any of your books that I recall. Do you have an opinion on this? Do your readers have an opinion on this? It also seems that women in the US are angrier at men than men are angry at women. Have you addressed this anywhere?


Fri, Jan 16, 2015 22:49 pm 42014 Email Remove
Valarie Culbertson GrantRoswell, NM

I teach English at the New Mexico Military Institute and I'm using THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE and MY LOSING SEASON as my novels for English 1123 this semester. I am an Air Force brat, and I loved your earlier novels set in SC where I spent many school years. I didn't discover the other novels until I started teaching at the Institute and waited until my own son graduated before using them in the classroom. I'm excited but apprehensive about the discussion and writing that will come from the novels. I don't wear the ring, but my son does; so I get some of it.


Sat, Jan 3, 2015 21:20 pm 41151 Email Remove
Rick CourtneyNashville, TN

I don't know if I'd like to meet you for solace or camaraderie? As military brats of a "mustang" Marine Corps chopper pilot, we endured the affects of a wife-beating, Catholic convert, misogynist, who abhorred any family joy or fun. We knew we were in for it anytime we started having fun.

Our "marine credo" was the art of the "half truth". Practitioners selectively edit forming a false narrative leaving you questioning your own sanity about the truth. Ours was more of a psychological than physical dysfunction.

Bucky made Lt. Col. sans college degree which exacerbated my angst, frustration and hatred towards him. I passed up watching "The Great Santini". It would have struck too close to home. Death of Santini is proving to be most therapeutic for me. Semper Fi!


Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:37 am 39521 Email Remove
Jo HarrisonEvergreen NC

Mr.Conroy,
Your books have allowed me to smell the murky mud of salt marshes, feel the salty air on my skin and have my emotions rise and fall with your characters. It's better than poetry! I love your writings more than any other. Please another book soon? I live near the coast and love those places you take me to. Prince of Tides is my favorite.


Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:06 am 39078 Email Remove
Patrick McNutyCombermere Ontario Canada

Dear (may I say ) Pat. Recently I discovered Marshall Frady. He is the second author from the South who has found a home in my heart. But you were the first. I have NEVER read/heard anyone like you or him "touch" the English language with a light that is almost ecstatic at times. I'm an old. happily retired priest, 83, living in a cabin in the Bush in Canada. I have read every book you have ever written and on my shelf I keep "Prince of Tides" and "Beach Music" and re-read them every year. When I read either of you sometimes I close the book and wonder how it is that such Seraphim of the English language have come into my humble abode.
PS. I hope you don't mind if I remember you in my prayer now and then. Bless you.


Mon, Dec 1, 2014 11:57 am 38149 Email Remove
Jeffrey L DixonMelbourne FL

Class of 81; Reading "Lords Of Discipline" Thank you for telling the truth!!!


Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:23 am 38045 Email Remove
Caren WittGardnerville, NV 2 of 2

You are my favorite author, and you have brought me to Beaufort many times through your books AND five times over the course of the last eleven years (physically) and surrounded me in lowcountry beauty! And now, the Great Santini's son fills a mother's heart with love, because your words of love for your dear friend Tim Belk have shined love onto her son that you do not even know....but you do!
God Bless your holidays!


Sat, Nov 29, 2014 22:16 pm 38009 Email Remove
Caren WittGardnerville, NV 1 of 2

On so many levels, this story brought tears to my eyes. You wrote the most beautiful tribute and friendship history that I could have hoped to read. As the mother of a 19 year old son who is beautiful and gifted in so many ways, it has been so hard to see him struggle and be marginalized for who he is, and how he was created. Your story brings additional hope. I can only pray for a true friend to stand by my son's side through thick and thin. A friend that will create a lifetime of memories with him and views him as the person he is and what he has to offer, and not the stereotypes the world creates.


Sat, Nov 29, 2014 22:15 pm 38008 Email Remove
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