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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
Ann Whilden LanneauNorth Augusta SC

Pat, you shook my hand at the Borders in Augusta and beautifully signed two books. I am nearing the conclusion of "South of Broad" but put it on hold to search you out and express my gratitude for this inspired volume which expresses beautifully every emotion and nuance of humankind for good and evil; and your extraordinary love for Charleston and the Citadel. You are the BEST!!!


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 06:18 am 372 Email Remove
Linda GriffinCornelia Ga

I thourghly enjoyed South of Broad I was quite proud of your reference to the song Barbara Allen as I thought I might be the only person still alive who remembers this song. My mother sang it to me as a child and I have continued this tradition with my own childern and grandchildren. I was raised in the mountains of N.C. married and moved to Georgi where I still live with my husband of over 40 years. I have been to the beaches of Costa Rica, Aruba & Mexico but if I could own a becah home anywhere in the world It would be in Ilse of Palms or Sullivans Island, S.C. I Perfer to vacation in a small house one street off the beach front to any fine resort hotel anywhere else. Thanks again for your wonderful works they always leave me wanting more.


Mon, Sep 21, 2009 05:08 am 371 Email Remove
Kim BlevinsLaguna Niguel, CA

Pat, you are my favorite writer. I was so glad to read South of Broad and get to know your characters. Thank you for the time and effort you spend on your work. It is a privilege to read your work. I hope that you have more amazing stories and characters to bring.

Would you be so kind as to post the names of some of your
all time favorite books?

Thank you so much!


Sun, Sep 20, 2009 21:40 pm 370 Email Remove
Henry Colemanminneapolis, minnesota (for the present)

A book I never wanted to end.
I'm a native, 65 year old, San Franciscan now living with my wife in Minneapolis. You brought me back to the real days of the city. It was great then.


Sun, Sep 20, 2009 10:18 am 369 Email Remove
Marty CoreyAnacortes, Wa.

I have to ask: In "South Of Broad", are the repeated busts for "a half pound of cocaine" meant to be a half OUNCE? When I read these passages, I thought 1)that's a huge amount, 2) maybe it was supposed to be pot and 3) In 1969 there is no way that anyone in possession of 8 OUNCES of cocaine would have been let off as easily as these kids were. Here on the West Coast, I knew kids who were jailed for one joint. This seems like it may have been a typo (or perhaps Leo had a big pocket in his Madras shirt, his white Levis, or his letterman's jacket)


Sun, Sep 20, 2009 01:31 am 368 Email Remove
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