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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
JD MartinBasalt, Colorado

I just finished South of Broad....and I'm seriously considering just starting it all over again. I loved it so much that I kept putting off reading the last few chapters, not wanting it to end. Thank you for imagining lives so real that they become my friends too.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 08:11 am 386 Email Remove
Theresa SageEastpointe, MI

Mr. Conroy - I have never sent "fan mail" to anyone, but after reading South of Broad just had to let you know that I have never enjoyed a book more. I have read most of your works and have loved them all - you are one terrific story teller and I wish I had just a modicum of your talent. South of Broad, however, was just over the top and I know that I will reread it. I love the fact that you are not afraid to use the English Language, even if it sends me to the dictionary to look up a word or two. Thank you so much for sharing your talent.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 05:03 am 385 Email Remove
Cheryl CuddebackForest Hills Gardens

Part 2
After reading My Losing Season I was afraid I’d never read another book by you. And now I have and my life is once again charged with awe at its story.
Ever since Gone with the Wind, I have been smitten by The South. Then after reading your books I fell in love with The South. Yet I love my neighborhood and can’t imagine ever parting from it in this life time. I feel the same way about Forest Hills Gardens as Toad does about Charleston. I hope someday to share that love with readers such as you have.
I’m sorry to have read that you have been ill. I hope you are not in pain. If there was ever another book to be added to the Bible it would be one of yours.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 04:25 am 384 Email Remove
Cheryl CuddebackForest Hills Gardens

Part 1:
Your words are to my soul like a cardio vascular machine is to my body. My heart is exercised by the feelings invoked from your phrasing.
I can never tire of reading your sentences. I thought I would be when I heard about South of Broad. How could it ever be placed on the same shelf as Beach Music, Prince of Tides and all your other books?
But it has. It matches the pathos and the grandeur of your past works.
Thank you. Thank you for giving us another book with a story and not another cook book.
It made perfect sense that you would write a cook book given the succulent details included in your past stories, but I prefer reading over cooking any day.


Thu, Sep 24, 2009 04:22 am 383 Email Remove
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