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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
Sharon TexleyPlainfield, IL

My husband and I are visiting Charleston this weekend, having spent today in Beaufort, mostly because of your novels! I still remember a most generous thing you did for me many years ago when I was a high school librarian in Kansas. I had recommended The Prince of Tides to a student, who told her friends how wonderful it was. Soon they had all read it and wanted me to schedule a meeting so they could discuss it. That was the beginning of a terrific book club of high school readers. We sent a picture of the kids with a letter telling you how much your books meant to them. You wrote a gracious handwritten response, a note which I treasure to this day. The students have never forgotten that generous gesture.


Fri, Nov 7, 2014 20:01 pm 35007 Email Remove
Robert Wesley DanielFederal Way, Washington

Dear Mr. Conroy, I just finished listening to your audio book, My Reading Life. I love listening to author's read their own works, for the reasons you mentioned in the interview. I have read South of Broad, actually I read it aloud to my wife. I have always enjoyed reading aloud and have done so as often as possible. Many hours reading to my wife, our son, and his classmates at times, and to some of the people I have taken care of over the years (I am a Certified Nursing Assistant). Sharing a love for story, I, too, am a Southern Reader. Like you I love Southern Writers, i.e., Faulkner, JK OToole (finally read CofDunces) actually, listened to audio. I love Harry Crews, Larry Brown, Lewis Grizzard, and many others. I was born in Lexington, KY grew up in Columbus, GA and ATLGA


Fri, Apr 18, 2014 14:20 pm 22014 Email Remove
M.Catherine CarrollCharleston, SC

Oh Mr. Conroy, how your interview yesterday with Walter Edgars moved me. Listening to you talk about your life and your family with grace and humor describing situations that would bring most people to their knees made me realize that it was time to reach out to my family and try and make peace. Thank you.


Mon, Apr 7, 2014 15:37 pm 20294 Email Remove
Anne RawlsPelion, South Carolina

I have always admired and loved your work. Question on "My Reading Life" - Early in the book you told a story about meeting Archibald Rutledge-SC Poet Laurate. Towards the end of the book when talking about James Dickey, you said "He was the first poet I ever met". This appears to be a proofing error that has troubled me. Please explain.


Fri, Mar 28, 2014 05:19 am 16799 Email Remove
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