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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
Tom SwanTulsa, OK

This is very hard to say, and actually the first time I've even considered saying it. SOUTH OF BROAD is the best book I have ever read. Pat is American's greatest living author. It's about the language.

So, now that you've proven to the world that you can actually write a novel, and not just autobiography, get back to work, Pat, I want more. In the meantime, I'm heading for Charleston. The last time I didn't really see it. Now I can. Where can I get Catfish Stew?


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 22:08 pm 382 Email Remove
Ron A. ByrnsBrunswick, Ga

If this book does not move your soul in a plethora of directions, then you have no soul. Read it slowly, (a challenge I know but believe you can accomplish) and savor the multiple layers of emotions like you would the similar layers of flavors in a complex dish. Expect to experience the full range of feelings with attendant highs and lows, laughter, longing, and tears. There is a richness here that defies definition but is the root of Southern writers gifted with prose, insight, and willingness to bare their soul to the world.
Immerse your feet in the pluff mud and red clay of the Southern Redneck and your intellect in the deepest meaning of the phrase, “The New South”. This is Pat Conroy’s gift to those of else who are capable of accepting it.
Ron A. Byrns
Brunswick, Ga


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 20:48 pm 381 Email Remove
Maggie Kellytraverse city, michigan

Although I enjoyed South of Broad, I thought to myself that you must finally have peace because your edge, your angst was missing. After finishing it, I realized you gave me a subtle "plink" earlier, and I didn't recognize it. I have experienced the same betrayal in my life, and your book made me weep. You haven't lost your edge at all; indeed, it is as strong and powerful as ever. Thank you.


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 15:51 pm 380 Email Remove
Steve M. GanttOrlando, Fla

Hi Pat. I am a 1970 graduate of Beaufort High School. You taught me English there, and were my baseball coach for a short while. Just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you accomplishments. I've met several people who were amazed by the fact that I had you as a teacher. Made me feel pretty good. I'm currently reading South of Broad and I'm enjoying it very much. Best of luck in your future works. Hope to see you at our 40th class reunion next summer. It may even be on Fripp again. Please try to make it if you can. Would be good to see you. Take care.


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 14:24 pm 379 Email Remove
Candy McAdamsDresden, TN

South of Broad is another work of great fiction by a master of the written word. Loved it and wish it would never end.


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 11:46 am 378 Email Remove
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