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Steve Lasher

Mr. Conroy. I am certain I am not alone in claiming "Prince of Tides" as my story - but, unfortunately I experienced the father/son dynamic you have so eloquently written about in many of your novels, but most especially in "Prince of Tides." As my wife and I prepare for our annual winter excursion to Hilton Head, I find my tattered paperback version (I do not touch my signed first edition) and prepare to read for the 20th or so consecutive year what I believe to be the "great American novel" of my lifetime. Thank you, sir, for providing the impetus for me to attempt to understand why I became the man I was, and to undergo successful counseling to become the man I now am.


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 11:03 am 4269 Email Remove
Teever HandalColorado Springs, CO

Mr. Conroy,

Your writing has done more than drawn me in, its honesty and poetry make me want to express those things that comprise me. I am still searching for those ways, but for now I blog. This is how you have inspired. ramblingteever.blogspot.com /2012/12
/tribe-of-cathartic-wasteland. html

Each word from you is a treasure, thank you for making me rich.

Teever


Tue, Dec 11, 2012 09:11 am 4268 Email Remove
Generose LambertNew York

Pat, I have loved your work from the first time I picked it up. My favorites are The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and The Lords of Discipline. You have been an inspiration to me about family travesties and forgiveness. Thank you.


Sat, Nov 24, 2012 09:11 am 4164 Email Remove
Nick SweeneyYorkshire, England

Dear Pat,
I have been a voracious amateur reader from age 18. (at sea) I am now a not so majestic fifty-one. I read 'Prince of Tides' some five years ago. This is the most beautifully well crafted and lyrical book I have ever read.- brought standing hairs to my neck and tears to my eyes. Take my hat off to someone who can use the word 'argentine' in building a picture- I can still see that dolphin shimmering in my mind's eye -five years on. Anyway, I bought 'Beach Music' but dare not read it as I anticipated how I felt it would move me. It sat on my shelf for over a year but was well worth it when I read it.
Thank you for the pain and pleasure.


Fri, Nov 23, 2012 16:33 pm 4158 Email Remove
Patricia DebonoMalta EU

Dear Pat, I have read most of your books... my two favourites are The Prince of Tides and Beach Music.
You write great books... not prolific enough though !! :)


Sun, Oct 28, 2012 03:00 am 3644 Email Remove
Kerri BoyleCincinnati, Ohio

Happy Birthday, Pat Conroy. You're awesome!


Fri, Oct 26, 2012 19:26 pm 3636 Email Remove
Gloria NelsonChicago, Illinois

I find myself in awe that I'm typing this, but felt compelled to write after reading Beach Music. I felt the book resonate in countless ways as a widow before my time as my husband succumbed to fronto temporal dementia.

To decompress, I took to the road and logged 4200 miles on my odometer. After reading Beach Music, I learned you were also the author of Prince of Tides.

One trip we had wanted to take was on the Harley my husband owned and tour the Outer Banks and down through the south to Florida. It was on that road trip thinking of him that I crossed over the bridge shown in the movie with Nolte driving in an old Ford Mustang that I said those words like a prayer, "Lowenstein, Lowenstein, Lowenstein".

Your writing is pure poetry.


Thu, Oct 18, 2012 14:00 pm 3437 Email Remove
Joan Little_BrockSalt Lake City

Okay, okay, I am claiming a world record here. In September I completed fifteen reads of South of Broad. In early October, for the first time, I visited Charleston and guess what I did next, I started my sixteenth read.

I know that I first fell in love with that sweetest of characters, Leo Bloom King, the likes of someone I have never known in all the books I've cherished. And then I met Charleston and now I know Bay Street, and the Battery, Tradd, Water, and Meeting Streets, and Berlin's Men's Store where I nearly jumped out of the carriage that carried us on our tour.

Our dear friend Pat Conroy, you have given us all such wonderful gifts. Enjoy Beaufort. Maybe a book someday about that lovely place!!


Wed, Oct 17, 2012 14:30 pm 3434 Email Remove
Mary Beth M.Green Valley, AZ

I just moved into a furnished house and there are a bunch of books here. I just finished reading My Losing Season. Having never watch a basketball game in my life, I was captivated none the less. I now will go to the library and read every book you have written.


Tue, Oct 16, 2012 08:43 am 3348 Email Remove
Mari MiglioreJenks, OK

Pat, I had a ticket for tomorrow's Town Hall in Tulsa but had to give it away because a call to wifely duties came first. So I gave your ticket to an elderly coach who wanted to hear you speak because he had read, My Losing Season.

I am currently reading your cookbook. I knew it would be wonderful and it is. I, too, love to cook. I am Italian, second generation, but I have a coveted recipe for Italian meatballs that is exactly as my grandmother made them. All I can say about them is that they are unforgetable!! And they are highly requested by friends and relatives.

If you would like, I will be happy to send you the recipe. Welcome to Tulsa. I have read you very much liked being there. I think you have the capacity to enjoy life wherever you are. God bless!! Mari


Thu, Sep 20, 2012 19:28 pm 3280 Email Remove
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