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Never before has there been a writer who could capture my thoughts and feelings about the tragedies and tumultuous events of my life. How do you articulate my reactions to these events of which your characters must overcome? The thoughts you convey are thoughts that I have such trouble expressing at times. I cry often when reading your novels; they are a sweet release from the chasm that life can create. You and your writing make it worth the experience and remind me that there is a fight worth fighting and things do have a way of working out. Your novels have opened another chapter of my life; there is pronounced freedom in each word of every character. I see bits of myself in each of them. I believe God led me to your books for a sense of belonging and to begin healing. Thank you!
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 14:57 pm 2309 Email Remove
Dear Mr. Conroy, I've read all of your books starting with the Prince of Tides, and just recently South of Broad, then Beach Music. I wish I could craft words sufficiently to state the scope and depth of how your writing impacts mind, heart and soul. I'll be reading your cookbooks soon. Hopefully, my wife - a retired home ec. teacher - will trust me in the kitchen. Thanks for being such a "doctor" of language. That's one huge step above "master"
Tue, May 4, 2010 08:27 am 631 Email Remove
I loved S.O. B. I've read all your work and was afraid you might have gotten blocked up or just lost it. You came through big time. Please keep 'em coming. BTW--my nephew is starting at El Cid next year...any advice? Signed, Long Time White Dolpin Lover from Cock Town
Fri, Nov 13, 2009 13:51 pm 477 Email Remove
Dr. Mr. Conroy,
Sun, Jun 5, 2011 20:23 pm 1822 Email Remove
There is an interesting article in the Montgomery County MD Gazette about Joseph Monte who was Pat’s mentor in high school at Gonzaga in Washington DC. He is 80 yrs. old and still working in a school in Montgomery County MD. I think Pat would be interested in the story!!
Wed, Aug 22, 2012 16:18 pm 3119 Email Remove
Be well, Mr. Conroy. You're a national treasure!
Sun, Aug 23, 2009 11:13 am 178 Email Remove
Just finished ' My Reading Life". You and I were born in the year of the "Boomers" inception. I wish you had written and I had read this book 40 years earlier. In any event I intend to read every work you reference in the order they appear and see what happens. If the result is life altering you can call the book a cookbook for the soul.
Thu, Nov 24, 2011 14:46 pm 2406 Email Remove
|John H. Padgham
Mr. Conroy, you are the finest novelist this country has ever produced, period. I have read every book you've published, most of them several times, and I treasure each and every word. I had to "ration" my reading of South of Broad, because I knew if I didn't I would read it all in one day - and I wanted the experience to last! Please keep writing as long as you want to - you bring much joy to so many people with your work. Cheers ....
Thu, Sep 17, 2009 14:30 pm 358 Email Remove
Your books; the language and images help to put words to many of my every day experiences. Thank you. Wish someone else other than Streisand had done Prince of Tides. Enjoyed the "movie" in my mind much better than what she did and butchered.
Mon, Jul 30, 2012 22:40 pm 3060 Email Remove
After finishing your new book at midnight last evening and surrounded by lots of sandy desert--and not a drop of water--I feel the need to take a trip east to my favorite city. Your wonderful prose captures what is truly magical about Charleston and its people--plus it's a great story too. Thank you for your wonderful works!
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 09:21 am 189 Email Remove
|John P Conroy
They say that if Dublin were destroyed, it could be rebuilt using Joyce's 'Ulysses' as a guide. I feel if Charleston needs rebuilding (another Hugo), I hope the library has an undamaged copy of 'South of Broad'.
Sat, May 22, 2010 16:42 pm 664 Email Remove
I await you latest novel, however "My Losing Season" will always be my favourite novel. Your memories of your Jesuit school years remind me so much of mine with the Basilian priests. At times your relationship with your father, reminds me of mine.
Sun, Jul 26, 2009 18:40 pm 19 Email Remove
Pat-- My first exposure to your work was when I was 9 and by accident watched part of the movie "The Great Santini". Still remember the scene of the Great S. pounding the BB on his son's head after he lost a game of 1 on 1. Haunted me for years. Just now, at age 38, in the midst of "My Losing Season". Read some of your interviews online and your dad's eulogy-- sad to know that he never gave the Jacket or sent the flowers. I've been touched (and angered) by the true suffering that is behind the ability to write these works-- thanks for your courage in sharing your life with faceless millions unknown to you-- somehow it lessens our own suffering. Hope by God's grace you've been able to really forgive your father--perhaps your life's largest task.
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 14:40 pm 2166 Email Remove
I just completed South of Broad and I am emotionally exhilarted and a wreck. Well done! Your words strike a resounding bell at the depth of my soul. I like many of your fans share similarities in life and background with you. That is one reason your books resonate so deeply. I am also positive that if I shared no background with you at all that your wods would still touch my marrow. Thank you for making Leo and his kindred souls come alive for me.
Mon, May 23, 2011 09:23 am 1772 Email Remove
|Jose Rivera MD
Mr. Conroy; one of your classmates at the "C" turned me on to your writings. As a former army bratt; wow; Santini did live in my home. My faith in God has gotten me through the hellish pass and somehow now I can live without regrets. Pray, get well; do not relinquish the gift you have been given to grace us with some form of sanity.
Tue, Oct 27, 2009 08:40 am 460 Email Remove
|Joseph Orth McLean
I visited Charleston for four years, the days before the sub base moved to King's Bay. The city claimed a part of me then. Do you ever sign books above Mason Dixon? My copy of South of Broad is waiting in Minneapolis.
Sat, Feb 16, 2013 15:22 pm 4631 Email Remove
I waited for this book for years and enjoyed it very much but I question some of the language you use. Today's books are so filled with trashy talk that I never expected to read in one of your books. I choose my books carefully for language usage and was so disappointed that you felt you needed to use certain words that most people find offensive. Just because they're commonly used doesn't mean they're ok to use. I've always loved your wonderful writing and wish you had foregone the street language.
Wed, Aug 26, 2009 13:29 pm 207 Email Remove
Just finished your new book and absolutely loved it. Your characters are wonderful. I did find an error in that you mention porpoises in several places and I think you should have said Dolphins. Having lived in the lowcountry many years I can honestly say I have never seen a porpoise in the waters. Thank you forgiving us a fantastic new book that makes my heart yearn for the Lowcountry. Josie Dingee
Thu, Aug 20, 2009 10:29 am 149 Email Remove
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