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Crystal ThompsonCuyahoga Falls, OH

SOUTH OF BROAD just arrived yesterday and by page 40 I wanted to tell you how much I love it and am so grateful you've written again! Have enjoyed reading your wife's books [all of them] and have been a fan of Anne Rivers Siddons since PEACHTREE ROAD!

I would never dream of telling YOU how to write a book! You have the most beautiful prose! I love how you phrase your words. Having been through a divorce, I cracked up when you described it as part self evisceration and part auto de fay! No one would get that unless they've been through it!
Glad to have you back! Also loved that one of the reviewers called you a great American novelist! Knowing your life~that has to warm your heart!


Sun, Aug 16, 2009 13:54 pm 121 Email Remove
Peggy HillDallas, Texas

Loved South of Broad as much as I have all your books. Do hope you will write another one soon! Heard you speak once in Dallas at a Mental Health luncheon and enjoyed your talk so much. Thank you.


Sun, Aug 16, 2009 12:11 pm 120 Email Remove
Patricia Masongreensboro, ga

Only 700 characters? not enough room to tell you all that is in my heart Mr. Conroy. You are one of my idols, along with Schweitzer, Gandhi, Gibran and Faulkner. In fact, you seem to have that same urgency to write as Faulkner. I would like to be your pen pal, I would love to give you food for your next book, I simply adore you Mr Conroy and Prince of Tides is probably my favorite of your books. It brought my husband and I together yes, but it also tore open my soul and put it back together again, never to be the same. Much love to you and your family, Pat.
Thanks for another stunning work of literature - I'm almost done - wish I had a friend like Toad.


Sun, Aug 16, 2009 09:57 am 119 Email Remove
Cynthia SingletaryBladenboro, N.C.

I for one LOVED your new book, just as I have loved EVERY one. You are like a fine wine - you get better with time. I drove to Beaufort to prepurchase, but couldn't wait so I bought another copy to read the day it was released. (Still looking forward to getting my "signed" copy that is coming from Beaufort). I guess it didn't hurt that I also love Charleston! I dream of the day I meet you and Cassandra. Maybe one day when I'm at the Shrimp Shack????? Never hurts to dream!! Thank you for the enrichment of my life that comes with each book you write.


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 18:43 pm 118 Email Remove
Connie KleinSeattle

Thank you for your new novel, SOUTH OF BROAD. I've been waiting 14 years, since BEACH MUSIC. I will re-read this book, as I have done the others. There is less poetry in this one and more reality, I feel. Guess that's what happens when we all grow older. You and your friend Anne Rivers Siddons are my faves, not to mention Ms. Margaret Mitchell's epic. I think Southern writers capture places better than any others. Maybe sometime I'll visit beautiful Charleston.


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 16:10 pm 117 Email Remove
Aaron Hunt RichardsonClearwater, SC

Mr. Conroy,
My elementary and high school prinicipal was once your high school basketball coach. What a small world. You also did a paper that contained other members of the high school that I went to. Just to let you know, Mrs. Swing passed away last year of cancer and I see Mr. Swing a couple of times a week eating breakfast. Just thought that I would let you know.


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 15:41 pm 116 Email Remove
william ryanboynton beach fla

just finished south of broad--yes it does have occassional overwriting and some awful people BUT the incredible love of the toads extended family more than makes up for it--miss it already but will reread soon--thanks pat


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 09:34 am 115 Email Remove
Shari SchlossArizona

I just picked up South of Broad and can't wait to read it. I want to put my life on hold and relish in it! Beach Music is my favorite book and I have read it every January since 2000. Your characters are so rich and alive. Thank you, thank you for writing another novel!!!


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 09:05 am 114 Email Remove
Susan MaloneyCharleston, SC

I just finished reading South of Broad, and am puzzled why you changed the names of Charleston High School and Bishop England High school, but didn't change Hanahan High, Summerville High, The Citadel, USC, etc. Honestly, it was irritating.

The book was O.K., but I did get tired of the wordy descriptions and also the endless banter between Toad and Ike, and the rest of them, too. A little bit of that goes a long way.

I also did not care for how the book was split up - there wasn't any need to do that - you should have finished the high school saga, then skipped 20 years. I didn't enjoy the second part because of too many unanswered questions (how did they get together?).


Sat, Aug 15, 2009 01:16 am 113 Email Remove
Todd HoltetFayetteville, NC

Amazing as always. Those Yankee and left coaster reviewers don't know a great Southern novel. That said, I continue my love of your works. Please get Beach Music made into a movie and don't make us wait 14 years for another masterpiece.


Fri, Aug 14, 2009 17:03 pm 112 Email Remove
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