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Timothy H. NanceColumbia SC

South of Broad was great! The part of "Big Johns" and "Bowen's Island" took me back to my cadet days at The Citadel.

Best Regards,
Tim Nance
Citadel Class of 1975


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 16:31 pm 239 Email Remove
Bob TribeSacramento, CA

Dear Pat, I have not read your latest book yet but I have read several of your previous books. Even though I am not from the South, I connected to your stories because I served in the Army from 1966-69. I was in Basic and Advanced Infantry training at Ft Jackson, SC, Infantry OCS and Airborne School at Ft Benning, GA and Special Forces at Ft Bragg, NC. I particularly enjoyed Prince of Tides for many reasons but the opening was incredibly moving as you painted a picture of the SC coastal plain that was indelibly etched in my brain. Nothing makes for great art, whether film or literature, like a hateful villain and a heroic protagonist who is all too human but rises to the occasion. Thanks for many great hours of reading and later watching the films. Bob


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 16:28 pm 238 Email Remove
Michael Andre FathNorthern VA

Dear Pat, we met maybe 10 years ago at a Crown Books signing in McLean, VA. I am a pro guitarist and gave you one of my latest CDs then, and said that "The Prince of Tides" was my all-time favorite novel. "South of Broad" was magnificent, and you never fail to lift me emotionally with your writing. I too, have the southern integration, high school football and college basketball backgrounds, and truly appreciate the life lessons learned. Finally, my debut novel is being released this November; "The Girls of Yesterday", a southern coming of age story that you just might like. All the best, to someone that has truly enriched my life! Michael Fath (www.michaelfath.com).


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 11:21 am 237 Email Remove
Carol HesprichYuma, AZ

Pat,
My alarm went off four hours ago and I vowed, after closing the book SOUTH OF BROAD, last night that I would exercise, clean house, and grade my students' papers (I'm an English teacher) before reveling in your words and 1st chapter. My body hasn't been worked except for my eyes to follow the words from left to right and my arms to hold up the book and turn the pages of SOUTH OF BROAD. My house is still untidy and needs its weekly cleaning, and my students' papers still need my guidance. Thank you! I am going to sit down and do some of my own personal writing on a novel I am prepping for an agent before getting to the other things I needed doing today. Carol


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 08:08 am 236 Email Remove
Liz RiggBeaufort, South Carolina

Hi Pat! So sorry I missed your book signing yesterday, but the husband said it was a perfect day for fishing...we cleaned up with Puppy Drum and bass! I am so looking forward to reading South of Broad. As always, I plan to set aside and entire weekend to read from start to finish. I miss our morning coffee and chats at TT Bones and seeing you on the Island. I now work for Beaufort County in town and we sold our home on St. Helena Island. I read your letter online and was truly touched by your candid honesty. I hope you are doing well. Did you get my post card from Scotland? Thanks to you and Sandra, I have been inspired to write a blog and hopefully when done will be published in Ireland. I just may stop in to see you sometime soon. Stay well my friend. Love & prayers Liz


Sun, Aug 30, 2009 07:01 am 235 Email Remove
Shannon RGreat Falls, MT

I've waited a long time for this novel! I too savored the story and new it was moving by too quickly! The pages are smooth and lovely to the touch! I am happy to find this website with other Conroy lovers! I read The Water is Wide in high school in the seventies and that started a lifelong love of this man's beautiful work! Thanks for the trip(s) to the low country over the years... maybe I'll get there for real some day!


Sat, Aug 29, 2009 19:46 pm 234 Email Remove
Ashley HutchesonSavannah, GA

Thank you for a wonderful book! I couldn't put it down all weekend! It's been a long time since a book has haunted me like that!


Sat, Aug 29, 2009 19:06 pm 233 Email Remove
Carol KarlbergKenora, Ontario  CANADA

I have just finished South of Broad, after waiting (and not too patiently) for your new book. I knew I would not be disappointed. But, as others have said before, I am missing the story and the characters already- I will pick it up again before the evening is through. ( I cannot tell you how many times I have reread your other books!)
Being from the cold frozen North in Canada, I wonder at my almost visceral response to your characters and descriptions of Charlston and life in the south. But your language and imagery are so lush and 'over the top' I get sucked in every time - whether you are describing cooking, life in the Citadel,or even the blood and sweat of basketball and football (I am so not a jock!)
South of Broad is about friends, trust, and faith - Yes!


Sat, Aug 29, 2009 17:13 pm 232 Email Remove
Elinor Turner BrightIaeger, WV

Just when I think you can't "do it again", you do... you totally captivated me with the first page. I'm sure, by now, my words will seem repetitious of other devoted readers, but you, Pat Conroy, are my ALL-TIME FAVORITE AUTHOR... and yes, I have truly read everything you've written. What a gift you possess---without a doubt you are the most descriptive and eloquent author I've ever read... you have "ruined" me for all other authors... and I REALLY read a lot. I would love to sit down one day and just talk to you... what a thrill that would be. You are a gift to those of us who love the American South... and a gift to our hearts. Please don't wait 14 more years to write another awesome novel! THANKS AGAIN...


Sat, Aug 29, 2009 11:30 am 231 Email Remove
Nora WestcottOrlando, FL

Thank you for Leo, Niles, Starla, Ike, Betty, Fraser, Sheba, Trevor, Molly, and even Chad. They are my friends for life.

Thank you also for sharing a strategy to fight mind-numbing depression. You gave me hope that if I pretend to be happy, I can keep the "beast" at bay and maybe... just maybe... banish the beast forever.

God bless you and grant you good health Mr. Conroy.


Sat, Aug 29, 2009 09:36 am 230 Email Remove
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