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Tineke TaxNetherlands

Dear Mr. Conroy,

My English isn't good enough to fully understand your books in English, so I read them in Dutch. I really hope your latest book will be published in the Netherlands too. Meanwhile, I've enjoyed all your books. Through the film Prince of Tides I discovered you as a writer. This first book I read was a big feast. Beach Mucis is my favourite. I like to think that the Dutch translations convey your “voice”. I really enjoy your humour (I love that witty tone) and your vivid characters and landscapes make your books live on in my memory. And when I get older (retired) I'll read them again. Maybe even with more understanding of the psychological depth and surely with more delight. Thank you for your books!


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 13:46 pm 263 Email Remove
Mallory Webb Charleston SC

To my absolute favorite writer--

South of Broad
I feel:
Overkill with dysfuction
Lack of character development with main characters


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 13:18 pm 262 Email Remove
Michel GélinasAnnandale NJ

I just finished SOUTH OF BROAD. I read all your books excepting THE BOO and the cookbook. I re-read LORDS OF... and BEACH MUSIC after reading MY LOOSING SEASON, just to have a refresher on these novels, after having discovered that the character of your father in SANTINI was not a composite of many officers in the Marines but not even close to the reality. I was stunned. You are one of the very best writers I am aware of. My wife and I know Charleston very well, which was an added interest. We will be retiring soon in a home we bought in Hilton Head Island. I sincerely hope we will meet someday.


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 12:33 pm 261 Email Remove
Heather Ciullo

Mr. Conroy, I'm sad. I have not been able to attach myself to your new publication, "South of Broad". I have read and loved virtually all of your books, "Prince of Tides" being my favorite. This one...not so much. Is it possible to pack too much dysfunction into 4oo pages? You never lost my interest because it was never found. I waited 14 years and two months on the waiting list to purchase..sad. Am a lover of Charleston even as a yankee, lover of your prose, even while some see it as unnecessay wordiness. Loved the narrator, his father but the rest ...well exhausting. Am halfway through, please tell me I will close the book regretting these words. Abusive, incessuous,, murderous pedophile..yup, got 'em in every neighborhood. Sometimes smaller strokes are more imaginative. SAD!


Thu, Sep 3, 2009 05:31 am 260 Email Remove
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
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