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Leslie PiersonSalt Lake City, UT

Dear Mr. Conroy,
I have been anxiously awaiting the release of "South of Broad" for a long time and so it was my first order of business today to run to the bookstore to pick it up. I have only read through the first chapter so far but from the first sentence, I felt that the wait was more than worth it and I fell even deeper in love with your writing. You are my favorite (living) author and if it takes another 10 years before you write another novel, rest assured, this book lover will be picking it up.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 15:14 pm 89 Email Remove
Kerry Q. PhillipsRichmond, VA

Mr. Conroy,

I just finished reading the preface of South of Broad and was literally moved to tears by the description of the main character's father. Having grown up in Florida, with a mother who taught her children about butterflies, stars, and numerous other things, your lovely prose made me even more thankful for the years I had with her. I have read all your books and as a public librarian constantly recommend them to my patrons --always explaining while the story is always interesting and enjoyable--your use of the language is spectacular! Thank you for all the joy your books have given me over the years!


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 14:16 pm 88 Email Remove
Donna Payne Prendergast

Mr. Conroy,
Well, it has only taken 52 years and 23 moves to figure out why I attract certain people in my life. Like you, I was a military brat, and attended 14 schools before college. Thank you for finally clearing this up. When you said that you sought those kids who needed friends when you moved to a new school, it was that eureka moment for me! Finally! I am just finishing Beach Music and cannot wait to read South of Broad. Bless you.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 13:34 pm 87 Email Remove
Carol NunnoMarlton, N.J.

After grad school, I had little time for reading unrelated to my discipline. On vacation, two years ago, I picked up a copy of Beach Music and rarely lifted my head from the book the entire vacation. You had me completely hooked, and I followed quickly with Lords of Discipline and Prince of Tides. Amazing to learn what I was missing by not seeing what a gifted writer could do. I've recommended your work to so many and all have enjoyed your writing as much as I have. Iwas so very happy to see you're wrtiting again, and first thing this am, went out and purchased South of Broad. Keep writing! Thanks so much for your incredible talent and gift.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 12:30 pm 86 Email Remove
Virginia MonaghanGrand Rapids, MI

Every time I walk into a bookstore, the first thing I look for is a new Pat Conroy novel. At last there is one. I will cherish every word and pray I do not have to wait as long for the next one. In my humble opinion you are the greatest American novelist of our time.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 12:29 pm 85 Email Remove
Cynthia RussellAtlanta, Georgia

Pat, I can't wait to stop at the book store tonight after work to pick up your latest. I fell in love with your writing and stories with "The Water is Wide" when it first came out, and even took a tour of your old island, Daufuskie. I, too, was disappointed I couldn't get a ticket for your Atlanta appearance, but was fortunate enough to meet you and have you sign my cookbook when you came to Decatur. Like you I have a low country soul, and am so looking forward to revisiting Charleston via your words. May we continue to be blessed with your books.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 11:27 am 84 Email Remove
Timothy Rives RashMidlothian, VA 23113

The first time I read Beach Music, I cried and could hardly finish. The second time, years later, I knew what to expect, but the result was the same. I look forward to your latest work.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 11:26 am 83 Email Remove
April DennyLas Vegas, NV

I want you to know that when I saw The Great Santini years ago I was amazed at how you depicted military family life. I related to Ben in the story as the oldest child and the one to catch hell first. My father was in the Air Force and we moved 8 times by the time I was in fifth grade. He was also very strict and very scary to me. I did a lot of therapy in my early adult life and confronted my scary father and we now are close. He now worries about what I think of him. Life is such a lesson. I truly am who I am because of the experience. Thank you for showing me that I am not alone in my travels in this life of the human experience.

Sincerely,
April


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 09:14 am 82 Email Remove
PetrinaVirginia

The strangest thing just happened. I was talking with a new friend of mine about books she is reading. She's never heard of you before (she's in her early 20's, me late 30's). I told her you were one of my favorite authors and I'd bring her some of your books to read.

Half an hour later she emailed me saying she read in her B&N and Borders newsletters that you had a new book released today and wondered if I knew about it.

What a coincidence. I had no idea you were even writing a new novel and here I am recommending you to someone on the very day it is released.

I'll mark that down as good karma.


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 08:47 am 81 Email Remove
M CorbettPalm Beach, FL

Your writing makes me feel at home, especially, in the low country. Looking forward to reading "South of Broad." As a military brat, we're linked. As a Marine, I cannot think of anyone else I would like to see in attendance at our reunion; and, hopefully, write about 'old grunts' getting back together. (3rdBn, 4thMar: China, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, & Iraq, among others - Crowne Royal Hotel, San Diego, 9/16-20/09).


Tue, Aug 11, 2009 08:21 am 80 Email Remove
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