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Bill Byron

Pat, I cannot help but fear that your comments on pages 375-77 of My Losing Season were badly skewed by your terrible childhood. You call yourself a coward by having protested the Vietnam war. I call myself a coward for not having protested the Vietnam war. What makes you believe that there is glory in killing? What makes you believe that leading a young man to his death is more honorable than protesting against a government that has lied to the governed? I only hope that no one who reads your book thinks that you were a coward for having stood up to those who perpetrated this tragedy on the families of thousands of young boys. Only because your family was deeply flawed, do you minimize the extraordinary love of those families who do value and cherish their children.
Sincerely, Bill Byron


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 10:39 am 309 Email Remove
Donna Fuller SmithBoynton Beach, FL

I agree with William Ryan, Boynton Bch. - I was sad when the book ended -such a great story so well written - I LOVED IT.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 08:33 am 308 Email Remove
bbhunterwestchester county, ny

I bought South of Broad while on a yearly trip to visit relatives in Sumter and to spend a week on Hilton Head with friends. When the coach was introduced, I started to think I had made a mistake. As an African American, I get tired of the "white heroes saving the poor Blacks" stories. I should have had more faith in you. In another few pages, I was hooked. As a matter of fact, I rationed out the last couple of chapters over a few days because I didn't want the book to end. I usually read either mysteries or nonfiction biographies or history. But there are a few authors such as you and A.R. Siddons, that develop characters in such a way, readers want to know all about them. A brilliant book. Just don't wait so long before gifting us again.


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 03:44 am 307 Email Remove
Carolyn PattersonWareham,MA

A memorable book, one of the best I've read in many years. I will hoard this book and reread it many times in the years to come. Thank you Pat Conroy...


Thu, Sep 10, 2009 00:50 am 306 Email Remove
Vennie BobisSausalito, Ca

In grade school I was taken on a field trip to see "Conrack". I have been a fan of your ever since. My daughter who just turned 18 is named Savannah (imagine how delighted she was to read Prince of Tides this summer... though your Savannah is a tragic figure, unlike my own sunny one). My grandmother was an English teacher who instilled in me the appreciation of beautiful prose. And through your work -- all of which I have read more than once -- I am transported, to a time and place that is si familiar and so safe. I have waited not so patiently for SOB and I am slowly and lovingly reading it -- I don't want it to end.
Please know that your influence is far reaching and has given much comfort. And I know that your gift is hard won.


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 21:03 pm 305 Email Remove
Lisa LawsRaleigh NC

Hi Pat, So happy to see your newest book advertised in the New York Times, on the bestseller list yet again.
I met you through Martin Chitwood, in ATL, back in the 80's when you - he were collaborating on a TV movie script about an Alabama athlete. I saw you another time or two, the most recent being at Spoleto in 1999 (or 2000)-when I walked up to your table and told you my name, and with your amazing recall from the 80's-you said "the stewardess".... I almost passed out. (smile). My Uncle, Larry Laws was a Charleston resident at the time (1998-2001), (Rutledge Ave)-- and now we all live up here in the triangle.
At any rate, I wish you only the best. I now work at Duke University Medical Center, am 51, - a recent cancer survivor, let me know if you ever need a good Dr. at Duke.


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 20:23 pm 304 Email Remove
Cindy S HallRaleigh, nc

Can't wait to read SOB. You are my all time favorite writer!


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 19:43 pm 303 Email Remove
Elizabeth HaverlyRiverside, California

Dear Sir,

In my personal list of 3 favorite books, The Water is Wide, is at the top. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 10:05 am 302 Email Remove
Martha NorthingtonAustin, TX

Dear Mr. Conroy,
I've read most of your books and always enjoyed them. I opened your new book, "South of Broad," last night and was dismayed to see an unbelievable mistake in grammar near the top of Page 3: "... he would take my brother, Steve, and I out into the boat...." The sentence calls for the objective case (Steve and me), not the nominative (Steve and I). Surely, with all of your education you know the difference. The grammar mistake doesn't reflect well on you nor on your editors nor on your character, the son of brilliant teachers.


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 07:54 am 301 Email Remove
Mary FriedrichBoise, ID

Dear Mr Conroy,

I have just finished SOB and like everyone else loved every word. I've read all your books and anxiously await your next. I was sorry to read about your fragile health. I cannot wait to visit Charleston some day and relive Leo's life there in my mind. I also want to travel north to Myrtle Beach. Thank you so much for these wonderful stories that you share with all of us. All the best. Mary


Wed, Sep 9, 2009 07:27 am 300 Email Remove
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