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Michael CogdillGreenville, South Carolina

Pat, bravo on the achievement not only of South of Broad, but of a creative brilliance running deep into the soul. Far too few writers tell magnetic stories that achieve great beauty in the telling.

I'm launching a southern novel -- She-Rain -- nationally in March. Of all the praise flowing to the manuscript, a reviewer in New York touched me, honored me, with the following:

From Ruta Fox, Writer, Editor, Entrepreneur,
"Michael Cogdill is the heir to Pat Conroy. His feel for nuance, ear for the language and ability to describe the beauty of rural North Carolina, are astounding. His storytelling ability, his infectious characters and his authentic Southern soul permeate this marvelous, monumental and moving book."

I will try to live up to this, Pat! You truly inspire!


Mon, Sep 28, 2009 19:48 pm 397 Email Remove
Brenda G LittleBirmingham,Alabama

I have read and enjoyed most of your books, but none I think as much as South of Broad . I could not stop until I finished it. It literally kept me spellbound. Thank you so much for all of your books.


Mon, Sep 28, 2009 12:16 pm 396 Email Remove
Karen Fishman

I have read many of your books, but South of Broad is, by far, the best novel that you have ever written. I had a hard time putting it down. The characters were realistic and this is a book that will be on the minds of whomever reads it! Leo really touched my soul. He was vulnerable, introspective, and a true hero.


Sun, Sep 27, 2009 15:26 pm 394 Email Remove
Annette Oglesby-CheekHilton Head,SC

I have been a fan since childhood. I grew up on Hilton Head Island, SC and remember the tales. I have always wanted to write a book and I dont know where to begin. Any suggestions? Thank you so much.
Sincerely,
Annette Oglesby-Cheek


Sun, Sep 27, 2009 08:34 am 393 Email Remove
Myrna AltPittsburgh PA

I just finished reading South of Broad, and I didn’t want it to end – the way I always feel when I have read a book whose characters grab me because they are so real and alive. Prince of Tides was my favorite until now, but South of Broad has taken that spot. Your writing, more than any author whom I have read, is so beautiful and lyrical, my words could never do it justice. You have a gift of evoking feelings in the reader reached by very few in my opinion, and the stories you weave and the beauty of the South you portray are a present to the reader. Your story is both beautiful and delicate, and my very favorite part was the story Leo tells of finding and liberating the porpoise after Hugo. I am so happy that you have written a new book.


Sun, Sep 27, 2009 05:32 am 392 Email Remove
Jane LutherAsheville, NC

I'm a fan and have read all of your books as they were published. "South of Broad" was spellbinding and held my interest, as you always do. Please don't trash Appalachian white people though...only a few are throwaways. I'm proud to be from the mountains although I lived 5 yrs. in Mt.Pleasant and taught in your schools. (And please try not to have a suicide in every one of your wonderful novels! I know you have had plenty of woes in your family, but you shouldn't dwell on them forever.)
Found your characters Toad and Niles were marvelous examples of people who could overcome their trials in life.


Sat, Sep 26, 2009 13:57 pm 391 Email Remove
Meredith Kendrick

Charleston is one of my favorite cities and I reveled in your homage to it. Your insight into depression and made me realize you had been stuck in the claws of the disease. Thank you for an amazing story full of glorious prose


Fri, Sep 25, 2009 20:42 pm 390 Email Remove
Barbara BlairSanta Claus, Indiana

It IS about the writing. It isn't every author who can move the silent reader to an audible sigh, or a look up from the page just to feel a particular moment. South of Broad did these things for me. You are my favorite author and I buy your books in hard back because I consider them art and keep them among my favorite things. Prince of Tides, Beach Music and now South of Broad are together as my most treasured reads. I absolutely love your writing.


Fri, Sep 25, 2009 13:58 pm 389 Email Remove
Kelly Munoz Longview, Texas

The summer of 2009 will always be the summer of Pat Conroy to me. I was in a very dark place at the beginning of this summer and began consoling myself, as I always have, with books. I ran across Prince of Tides and fell in love with your prose..then came Beach Music, now my favorite novel of all time. South of Broad is waiting for me on my beside table, and I am anxiously anticipating savoring it. I also have your cookbook too..which was very much the way I cook thanks to my beloved, Southern, grandmother. Now for the best part, last night I was feeling ill and my husband came in the door " Baby, I brought you some medicine." he said and laid in my lap the most precious, solid black, black button eyed, tea cup poodle. Of course, his name is " the Great Dog Chippie.


Fri, Sep 25, 2009 09:12 am 388 Email Remove
Brenda AdamsAlpharetta Georgia

Pat. I've read all of your books. Beach Music will always be one of the best books I've ever read, but south of Broad was great too. As a writer, I'm jealous that I can't write like you do. Your words seep through my soul. I love Cassandra's books too. I've enjoyed listening to her at different functions. God bless you both, and may you soon write another novel that your readers can look forward to reading.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 20:24 pm 387 Email Remove
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