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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
Elaine Dameron

I just finished reading South of Broad and it defies description. I ran the gamut of emotions from hilarity to horror. In my humble opinion, this may be your greatest work to date. It's truly a book about all life's complexities and shows your love of my beloved South. Please don't make me wait another 14 years before I get to read another Pat Conroy book. You are an absolute master of your trade with a supreme command of the english language. Thanks for a marvellous experience and is there any chance at all of this becoming a movie? I would be the first in line to see all these characters come to life.


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 20:15 pm 249 Email Remove
Karen Johnsonmiddle of nowhere, Nebraska

I am just a plain ole fan that was converted to your books by the ladies at the Bay Street Trading Company in Beaufort. I love those people! South of Broad, a masterpiece indeed and I shall always look forward to your next work of art. I am on a mission to introduce more southern writers to your works here in the middle of the country. I think some of them are missing the greatest written works ever. Great job and a toast to you and Cassandra. PS, I have been going to Charleston as often as possible when in Beaufort and you are truly correct....what a gorgeous masterpiece of a city!!!! A n Everlasting Fan now living in the middle of the country. KJJ


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 14:00 pm 248 Email Remove
Henry Deas IIILos Angeles

I am really looking forward to talking with you soon. When I read "My Losing Season", I thought of so many things including the fact that I had seen most of those games as a child before coming to the Citadel. Dick Jones used to come over to my house on many weekends and I read about him and was saddened. I did not know Mel Thompson but had met him many times but did not like him when I met him. I had seen all the games with Ray Graves and Norm Sloan. What a time. I was so sad to hear you had been sick. Hope you are doing well now.

I still have the pictures from Italy of all of us. If you get this way, let me know.
My very best,

Henry Deas, III


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 12:58 pm 247 Email Remove
Danielle Bevilacqua McGinnisApex, NC

Pat,
Best wishes for your return to good health and thank you for the gift to your readers of South of Broad.


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 12:08 pm 246 Email Remove
DeeDee {Delores} Morris BetsillMcDonough, Georgia

You words paint pictures that would otherwise sometime take a while to wrap the brain around. A stroke did that after losing my son, husband, and in Charleston, both mother and father and being at the bedside of both. Or rather all three except my son, so long ago. As I've said, your words paint such pictures in my brain. I even used to go down and watch Dress Parade at the Citadel and had forgotten until now. Went to 50th class reunion last year, Chicora High School, was a cheerleader there! And Memories! Thank you, Pat, for the reawakening of memories! I look forward with great anticipation to all of your future writing. Such pleasure! I think of all of my life as Good Beach Music, in the real old Charleston Beach Way!!


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 10:28 am 245 Email Remove
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