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Jade CaldwellNorth Carolina

Surely the Low Country skies must have wept Friday at the tremendous loss of this poet, this sculptor of words, this architect of language. You offered the world a remarkable gift as you chronicled your own exploration of familial devastation and your journey towards repair, towards rebuilding. As a fellow Southerner-by-Choice, I have found profound comfort and inspiration in the images you have painted with your lyricism of our beleaguered and beautiful southland. As a fellow child of Santini, I am deeply moved by your courage and undaunting commitment to blazing your own fiery trail towards peace. Pat, you have given me a multitude of reminders of the ways that nature offers us a healing balm. I am forever grateful to the universe for the gift of your soul.

Mon, Mar 7, 2016 11:59 am 83669 Email Remove
Jade M. CuencaDavao, Philippines

Pat, Prince of Tides was the first of your novels I've read. I just loved your books. Stay healthy Pat, most of us need your books in our lives... Thank you so much. God bless you...

Mon, Nov 22, 2010 07:01 am 1081 Email Remove
Jake RuddleWest Virginia

I fell in love with the lowcountry at a young age despite being raised in Southern Appalachia. After finishing, "The Prince of Tides," I recaptured my passion for both a unique and incomparable land and the power of literary movement on ones soul. The book brought forth new ideas on not only how to live life but on how to embrace it. I now sit, finished with an amazing book, and glance at my bookshelf, excited to begin the next great piece of prose developed by Pat Conroy. I've always claimed that every new book I read is my favorite, but it will greatly surprise me if I ever read a book that has touched me the way, "The Prince of Tides," has. When looking back on great southern writers such as Faulkner and Chopin, Conroy will soon share ranks as a great American literary mind.

Wed, Oct 14, 2009 17:09 pm 443 Email Remove
Jalane KirkpatrickGreenville, SC

Rereading Lords of Discipline - my son just started at the Citadel. Loving it again (and he is doing ok too!)

Mon, Sep 20, 2010 17:28 pm 984 Email Remove
James (Santiago) McAllisterMineola, NY

Dear Pat,
God Bless You for real for real. For when you squeeze the honey comb, it crushes the comb, but out of it comes sweet honey. And thats what it looks like life has done to you. I have read over 3,000 books in my unusual life, and I must say, that your writing is pure prose. Even a plain simple and "boring" sentence by you sweetens, refreshes and stimulates the mind and heart. I'm still reading "Beach Music" and I'm stunned. It's definitely in the top three books I've read in my life. One page I'm laughing; the next I'm crying, and at one time I was laughing and crying at the same time!! How could that be?? God bless you with His joy, for giving so much to the human race. With Love (as a brother) James (Santiago) McAllister

Sat, Sep 12, 2009 22:02 pm 334 Email Remove
James Davis

Welcome Back!!!! You were sorely missed. Thank you for the incredible tour of Charleston and the wonderful characters who dwell there. While The Lords of Discipline will always be one of my favorite reads, South of Broad has once again established you as America's Best!!!!!!!

Wed, Aug 26, 2009 09:23 am 203 Email Remove
James HoustonLas Vegas, NV

Hi Pat, I really enjoy your books, especially My Losing Season and Lords of Discipline. Quick question: Did your team ever play against West Point? Just wondering if Mel Thompson ever went head-to-head against Bobby Knight back in those days.

Thu, Sep 10, 2009 23:47 pm 322 Email Remove
James McCutchen "Mac" StuckeyStuart, Florida

I lived in the old village of Mount Pleasant in a historical house; almost rented a house on Tradd Street; was a Charleston Lawyer on Church Street, near St. Philips. Weathered Hugo, and moved back to Florida in 1991. I left my heart in Charleson. I just finished SOB, and I've read all your books. Don't ever quit writing. Leave lots of posthumous manuscripts. Your characters will live on forever. I almost worked for a law firm started by Augustine Symthe. When he came to Charleston they said, "If you ordered a trainload of sons of bitches and, when the train go to the station, only Augustine Smythe got off, you would have got your money's worth." If you were the only Southern writer, we would still be proud of the South's literary legacy. THANKS!


Mon, Oct 5, 2009 20:25 pm 423 Email Remove
James P. SmithMinot, Maine

I am saddened by Pat Conroy's passing. I have read and loved many of his novels. Fortunately, I have more to read and love. Most unfortunately, this beloved author has written his last, and we are much poorer for his loss.
Rest in Peace, Pat. Rest in Peace.

Sun, Mar 6, 2016 08:10 am 83651 Email Remove
James T. O'ConnorRockaway Beach,NY

Pat, Just wanted to thank you for so many years of enjoyment reading your books. 'Beach Music' continues to be my favorite and I recommend it every chance I get.

Fri, Mar 18, 2011 15:14 pm 1515 Email Remove
James Vance Cockerham, IIThe Woodlands, TX

Just read: 'My Losing Season'. Great book. Also read 'Lords of Discipline' and 'The Boo'. I am a native Tarheel, and a West Point grad, so I have much with which to identify with your past. We part ways politically, but that in no way affects my admiration for your writing. Thank you for the courage to venture into this profession. James Cockerham

Sat, Sep 10, 2011 17:51 pm 2143 Email Remove
James Wheat

Dear Mr. Conroy,
We have always admired your writing and enjoyed all your novels, however I was disturbed about your reference to albinos on page 48 of South of Broad. We have a grandson with albinism. He is a remarkable young man and has done very well, but has had to deal with many insensitive comments and behaviors of others.
Jim and Sandy Wheat

Sun, Oct 25, 2009 10:12 am 453 Email Remove
Jamie WyattFayette County, GA

OOPS, sorry! After typing, retyping, and editing your form, for my previous post, several times, to remove "offending characters," I clicked enter without realizing there was a typo at the end. Thank YOU for your consideration!

Tue, Mar 22, 2011 21:53 pm 1541 Email Remove
Jamie WyattFayette County, GA

Will you be anywhere near Peachtree City, GA, 4-18-11? My Reading Life is the Sisterchicks Book Club selection. We meet at Starbucks, Hwy 54, Publix Shopping Ctr. 7:30 pm. I would love for you to come, call in, or Skype! If you will come, we can change locations, and either keep it small, or open up to more people, your preference. Your wife is welcome! I am finding myself wishing Gene Norris were still alive, and I knew him, so I could enlist his help to persuade you! I also do an online book club on my blog at The link for My Reading Life is in the February archive on the left. This form did not like the symbols in your link! I am hoping to hear from you. Thank yo for your consideration!

Tue, Mar 22, 2011 21:48 pm 1540 Email Remove
Jan BrownSarasota

We have Southern roots, are military brats, we had our own Santini and so loved your ability to write about those who harmed all of you with compassion, love, honesty and with both insight and confusion. Rest in peace beautiful man.

Sat, Mar 5, 2016 04:50 am 83610 Email Remove
Jan Griffin

I hope that fourteen years does not elapse before the next book. I even read the cook books and basketball books because I love your use of the English language. As with many of your readers, I have known Beaufort and Charleston. One of my favorite images is the young green marsh grass growing up through the old canes in spring.
Your writing takes me there.

Fri, Feb 19, 2010 22:38 pm 568 Email Remove
Jan HawkinsOsseo, MN

Thank you so much for writing South Of Broad. It is the best among many. There is nothing born nor created that your words can not give beauty to.
My Losing Season did help bridge the 14 years. I'm not crazy about basketball (sorry) but it was a great read.
Having to waiting for 14 years since Beach Music did create high anticipation but so would seven. If you can, please make seven our lucky number. Or 4, or 2?

Mon, Aug 31, 2009 06:27 am 243 Email Remove
Jan SimensonNashville, Tennessee USA

I love your writing, Mr. Conroy! It takes me back home to South Carolina in both atmospheric & wonderful ways and also deep & moving ways. I took the day off when South Of Broad released, went as soon as the bookstore opened to buy it and sat immediately down into a bookstore chair and started reading. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

Mon, Jun 21, 2010 08:23 am 716 Email Remove
Jane GutinColumbus, OH

Just finished SOUTH OF BROAD. As with all of your books, I found myself crying tears of joy and sorrow. Loved every word on every page. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Fri, Jun 18, 2010 18:01 pm 711 Email Remove
Jane AllenFlower Mound, TX

Pat Conroy changed my life! You opened my heart & mind to reading again when my sister introduced me to Prince of Tides. I was too interested in other things & thought reading a bore - but you proved otherwise. I've since devoured every word you've written & I am blessed as a result. I had just finished S of Broad before heading to Charleston last summer - & I fell head over heels in love w/the city thru your eyes/ words. I plan to get to Fripp & Beaufort next to meet you & your family - we can dream, right? So sorry to hear about your medical issues, but as someone who also has subsidized many physicians' lifestyles, I have learned that faith, humor & hope are necessary as is tenacity to be your own advocate. You are in my prayers for full recovery & abundance of blessed life.

Sat, Jul 31, 2010 08:53 am 880 Email Remove
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