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Paula LeeIndianapolis, Indiana

Dear Mr. Conroy: So sorry to say I have finished South of Broad. So happy to say thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing this book. Now, I owe you an apology - I have written and emailed you inviting you to be our inaugural speaker at a soon to be annual event for the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana. I did not know you had become ill and can only pray you are mending well and rapidly. When I had the temerity to invite you, I did so because I got to choose our speaker and you are my all time most favorite so I thought, "Why not? It could happen." Please tell me it could happen, Mr. Conroy. We will wait on you to regain your strength and set a date. We will treat you well and gently and with gratitude. Thank you for all the good reads. Paula Lee


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 17:33 pm 259 Email Remove
Kim AlvarezWinter Haven, FL

Dear Mr. Conroy: I just had the honor of completing "South of Broad" and found it to be undeniably Conroy. Your poetic prose, cynical humor and cast of characters made for a riveting experience from start to finish. I used to live in Charleston and at times I could almost smell the marsh and roasted oysters permeating up from the pages. I have loved all of your books with Beach Music and Prince of Tides as my all- time favorites. It was no doubt that I rushed to pre-order South of Broad the minute I heard you were coming out of hiatus. It was everything I expected and more. Please do not taunt your devoted readers to await another 14 years to enjoy your artistic genius. And I agree that Phillip Seymour Huffman should be Leo if there is to be a movie.


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 17:27 pm 258 Email Remove
Naomi Baskin

Dear Mr. Conroy: Your books touch my heart. Your prose, your characters, your settings all are treasured jewels. South of Broad is another gem. Please insist that Seymour Philip Kaufman be cast as Leo when the movie is made. He, too, touches my heart.

Thank you for another read of riches.


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 16:55 pm 257 Email Remove
Roxie LeeNC

I was hooked from the first paragraph. Thank you for this beautiful, complex, heart warming story. Your use of language made the heartaches of this book bearable. I am just a fan and I pray that we will get many more stories of this beauty and depth from you.


Wed, Sep 2, 2009 08:11 am 256 Email Remove
Elizabeth BachmanGreensboro, NC

Lord God Almighty! I just -- reluctantly-- finished South of Broad, and am already pining for another Pat Conroy fix. I didn't think Lords of Discipline could be topped, but believe that it may have happened. Mr. Conroy, I will become the best Roman Catholic in the world if you will just find a cache of prolific pills and gift us more often!


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 18:58 pm 255 Email Remove
Patricia MasonGreensboro, GA

Dear Pat - Thanks for the letter dated Aug. 3rd. You're a trooper to plunk away at the keyboard of a computer - and all for us - you're beloved FANS. It was so nice to feel a personal note and see how you write about every day life. I hope that you are feeling stronger and happier with your new lifestyle. I too have quit smoking and begun walking a couple miles 2x week. The toughest part is the beginning! Now it's become fun and I look forward to what I'll see on my walks etc. I am also glad that I'm not coughing so much. So a toast to you for loving yourself enough to do what it takes to get well. My guru says that we all think we die of various diseases, but that actually we all die of a broken heart, so I hope you'll work on mending your heart too. Much love


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 16:49 pm 254 Email Remove
Rebecca ClaytonDothan, AL

I have been a Pat Conroy fan for years and always proclaim him as my favorite author when asked.


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 14:14 pm 253 Email Remove
Logan M. Lockabey

I concur with the posting by Elaine Dameron. "South of Broad" almost defies description. The depth of the understanding of the English language makes the reading like pure poetry. Mr. Conroy also has an incredible understanding of the depth of the human spirit. I wept with the descriptions of Leo's parents falling in love and then his mother going into a nunnery while his father was waiting. I laughed whed Leo's mother exchanged barbs with Sheba and when Leo and Chad exchanged barbs when they were in conflict. When I was cried out and laughed out I got dragged through the Tenderloin and felt all the compassion and pain for those poor young men. I believe this is Mr. Conroy's finest book to date.


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 13:49 pm 252 Email Remove
Sara JohnsonSouth Carolina

Having read all of your books (cookbook included), South of Broad is the best yet - magnificent. The descriptions are so vivid that I could smell the magnolias, feel the oppressive humidity, and visualize all that was happening. Thanks for the pleasure of living "South of Broad" for a while.


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 12:42 pm 251 Email Remove
Vic Correll, '93Valdosta, Georgia

Pat,
I have always enjoyed reading your books - Beach Music has always been my favorite - and I am in the process of finishing South of Broad. I played baseball for Chal Port while I was at The Citadel and have always hoped that you would base a character in one of your books on him. I remember him telling a story about you to us when we were waiting in the dugout during a rain delay one time. You mention him in "My Losing Season" and again in "South of Broad" but I have always hoped that you would capture more of his vulgarity, one-liners, sense of humor, and general demeanor with his players. When I and my former teammates get together we love to tell "Chal Port stories" and I'm sure we would have more than enough to share.


Tue, Sep 1, 2009 10:43 am 250 Email Remove
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