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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
Penny DavisTacoma, WA

WOW! My class reads for 10 minutes daily. I was reading South of Broad and I laughed and cried and read some of the most potent writing that an 8th grader could accept. I cannot thank you enough.


Wed, Sep 23, 2009 11:01 am 377 Email Remove
Penelope PrzekopPhiladelphia

Pat Conroy and Philip Roth are my favorite writers. I've not yet read SOUTH OF BROAD but plan to do so in the near future. I absolutely loved MY LOSING SEASON!! After reading it, I posted an essay on my blog, Aberration Nation, titled, "Do a Conroy." I invited Mr. Conroy to read it via his representatives, and then also decided to also post a note about it here.

I'd love to invite all his fans to read it as well. I hope you will do so and join me in coining a new phrase "do a Conroy." He is my current role model for forgiveness ... a great talent and a remarkable person.

Google Pat Conroy and Aberration Nation to find the article.


Tue, Sep 22, 2009 16:04 pm 376 Email Remove
Peggy TantUnited States

I just finished South of Broad and hated to see it end. I loved the story, the characters and especially your vivid descriptions of Charleston. It, too, is my favorite city on earth. My husband took me there and passed his love of the city on to me. I've walked all those streets South of Broad and they came to life for me on every page. You're my favorite writer and I hope it won't be so long before you next book.


Tue, Sep 22, 2009 14:45 pm 375 Email Remove
Missie JohnsonAbingdon, VA

Beside my bed, I keep a copy (my second one) of "Beach Music". After reading the book from front to back numerous times, I like to just pick it up, turn to any page and start reading. Mr. Conroy's writing makes me smell the garlic and wine in Rome and the salt marshes and back waters of Charleston. This book is by far, the greatest novel I have had the joy to read. In my opinion, no one can hold a candle to Pat Conroy. I eagerly await each and every book he writes. I hope, very selfishly, he has a long and productive life.


Tue, Sep 22, 2009 13:24 pm 374 Email Remove
Charlie Shaw

I have read every book you've ever written and every time I read the next one I tear up just as I've done all the rest. Insights such as your could only have been experienced to have been so introspective. I feel for the inadequacies that life has dealt you but regale in the warmth and sincerity that is all pervasive in all your works. Much hardship has happened in your life but also much good, and the good you pass on to others is truly an inspiration!

I, too, come from a Catholic background and your grasp of all the liturgy and lack of personality of the Church is right on: but I, like you, can not let it go - it keeps me living.

Sometimes I feel like you are my brother, or at least, a best friend. Please keep up your writing with all it's pain, grief, love and gentleness.


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 12:09 pm 373 Email Remove
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