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Mary Ruth CurtisMount Dora, FL

Reading death of Santini and am finding it as good as all the others! Will check in when I have finished it.


Sun, Nov 24, 2013 15:53 pm 7175 Email Remove
Sherryl CaulfieldBrisbane, Australia

Dear Mr Conroy
I have just read the prologue for your new book and I cried for your pain and your brutal childhood. I'm looking forward to reading your latest book at Xmas. I came to you via your daughter Megan, whom I met in Munich, along with her friend Alex, back in 1990. They were talking about Prince of Tides, which I read not long after. I never got to thank her for introducing me to one of my all-time favourite authors. Please pass on my thanks and say Hi. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the ties between your fictional characters and fact. You write such beautiful tortured characters and have been an inspiration for my own books, The Iceberg Trilogy. Long may you live and write, forgive and heal, laugh and love.
xo Sherryl Caulfield


Thu, Nov 21, 2013 17:39 pm 7152 Email Remove
Dina SchuldnerLong Island, NY

I first discovered The Prince of Tides, then The Water is Wide, then The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline, but it wasn't until I read Beach Music for the second time that I realized I had come from a scarred childhood like you did. I felt compelled to purge myself of the burden by writing, but discovered an interview you did that revealed the consequences to your family from your publishing The Great Santini. Your cautionary tale got me into therapy instead, where, 4 years later, I have altered my parents' behavior toward me by confronting them in private, incessantly, until they changed. Thank you for being the catalyst that has made me become whole again.


Thu, Nov 21, 2013 05:27 am 7143 Email Remove
Connie CameronMorgan Hill Calif

I have the greatest ex teacher ever. Pat Conroy was my English teacher when I was a Sophomore in Beaufort SC. I was able to attend one of his lectures when he Came to San Jose State back in the 90's. I still have the picture, best of all I have been a witness to his budding beginning to now as he has made peace with The Great Santini. I hope to meet my teacher again someday, but God I'm so old now. Mr Conroy you were o young! No wonder why all us girls were so gaga about you! Cheers to my Great Teacher!


Sat, Nov 16, 2013 16:25 pm 7114 Email Remove
Pamela DuranOklahoma City

Your Granny Stanny reminds me so much of my Aunt Eva who we all adored. Conservative estimate of marriages: 18. When she was in high school in Sentinel Oklahoma, near Elk City which they called the City, population 8,000, she laid out all night drunk and went home and got in bed in dress, stockings and hat. When her mother went in to wale her, she said, "Oh Evie, you've been out all night again". Eva replied, "No mama I just went to bed dressed up so I would be ready to go to church with you this morning". A million other similar anecdotes.


Fri, Nov 15, 2013 15:24 pm 7109 Email Remove
Candee BrakefieldRock Hill, SC

Just finished the book. It has stirred emotions in me that I had forgotten about my own childhood. My mind is still trying to wrap itself around the craziness. Love conquered all -- didn't expect to fall head over heels for Santini. Your brutal honesty both appalls me and fascinates me. Well done.


Wed, Nov 13, 2013 20:04 pm 7104 Email Remove
Kate MuraSt. Paul Minnesota

Dear Mr. Conroy, I and my husband attended your Talking Volumes interview last night with Kerri Miller, and we enjoyed you and your comments enormously. I was surprised to read in your last book and during the performance of your connections to Minnesota. Of course, I loved the comments about journals, especially since I as a classroom English teacher for 30 years had the journal as part of the daily assignment. . . at all grade levels from 7th through 12th grade. Our school values writing and the students' work always improved and were a delight to read.

Thanks again for the enjoyable evening.


Wed, Nov 13, 2013 14:11 pm 7102 Email Remove
Nancy ArnoldFitchburg, WI

I really liked this book. It spoke so clearly of the importance of coming to terms with difficult relationships, it never happens the way you want it to. I have enjoyed your writing for years. Since I have spent a lot of time on Fripp Island the books are even more special. I met you one morning in the General Store on the Island, one of the best moments on Fripp. Thanks for the wonderful books. Most of them have been signed by you. Nancy


Sat, Nov 9, 2013 14:28 pm 7095 Email Remove
Joan PortelSt. Paul, MN

To Rick in St. Paul:
I called MPR a couple hours ago and got a ticket. I was told that MPR had just acquired a few more tickets. I'm in agreement-- a dream come true. Just thought I'd let you know.
JMP


Wed, Nov 6, 2013 14:19 pm 7090 Email Remove
Richard Phillipshttp://1307073459.home.qq.com

I heard that Mr. Conroy first saw his future wife on a bus which he subsequently ran after to meet her; a good story whether that is true or not! Thanks for the great stories.


Mon, Nov 4, 2013 20:22 pm 7079 Email Remove
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