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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
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
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