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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
Adrienne AdrianiSan Jose, California

Thank you! Thank you!
Your writing evokes the darkness and poignancy of "Look Homeward, Angel" revisited. I turn the pages in anticipation and can hear the words and feel the angst. I marvel at the depth of emotion and the gift with which you have been given to make Leo come to life.


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 07:44 am 244 Email Remove
Jan HawkinsOsseo, MN

Thank you so much for writing South Of Broad. It is the best among many. There is nothing born nor created that your words can not give beauty to.
My Losing Season did help bridge the 14 years. I'm not crazy about basketball (sorry) but it was a great read.
Having to waiting for 14 years since Beach Music did create high anticipation but so would seven. If you can, please make seven our lucky number. Or 4, or 2?


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 06:27 am 243 Email Remove
Nancy Merz NordstromPelham, NH

Pat, I was so excited when I learned you had a new book, "South of Broad," being released. You are the only author I will buy in hard cover, and then re-read over and over. I pre-ordered the book and immediately began reading once it arrived.

Having visited Charleston several times, I know of that famous expression and a bit about that beautiful city. "South of Broad" is a wonderful story and I loved every minute of it. My husband is now reading it. (I turned him on to your works after we too were married in our mid-50's, as you were.")

I love your wonderful comments in your cookbook on finally finding the right person in mid-life. So true! It brought tears to my eyes, having experienced the exact same thing in my life. We are so blessed.

Thank you.


Mon, Aug 31, 2009 05:34 am 242 Email Remove
Carol ShawWYNNE, ARKANSAS

Pat, I met you a number of years ago at the Red Piano,Too when you were there in support of the young woman cadet who quit the Citadel. I have admired you since I read the Water is Wide as I spent the summer before my wedding teaching children from that area. You and I are the same age and seem to think alike on so many issues. I just finished reading South of Broad and did not want it to end. I can identify with some of your characters and feel empathy for others. I was adopted and found my birth family as an adult. They were or all misfits and I wonder what my life would have been if I had grown up in THAT family-although I can actually identify with them. WE ARE WHO WE ARE-as you described the characters in this book in a way that they became my friends. I LOVE and TREASURE THIS BOOK!


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 20:39 pm 241 Email Remove
Corinne M. BalthropSpringfield, Tennessee

Reading the comments on the community page, I know many of you are moved by the recent book, South of Broad. I have found so many messages in so much of Conroy's work. I want to encourage reader's to listen to South of Broad in audiobook or ipod form - such a rich experience.


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 18:27 pm 240 Email Remove
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