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A New York Times best-selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America's most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree. As Conroy's writings have been rooted in autobiography more often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once-secret dark fA New York Times best-selling author of eleven novels and memoirs, Pat Conroy is one of America's most beloved storytellers and a writer as synonymous with the South Carolina lowcountry as pluff mud or the Palmetto tree. As Conroy's writings have been rooted in autobiography more often than not, his readers have come to know and appreciate much about the once-secret dark familial history that has shaped Conroy's life and work. Conversations with the Conroys opens further the discussion of the Conroy family through five revealing interviews conducted in 2014–15 with Pat Conroy and four of his six siblings: brothers Mike, Jim, and Tim and sister Kathy. In confessional and often comic dialogs, the Conroys openly discuss the perils of being raised by their larger-than-life parents, USMC fighter pilot Col. Don Conroy (the Great Santini) and southern belle Peggy Conroy (née Peek); the complexities of having their history of abuse made public by Pat's books; the tragic death of their youngest brother, Tom; the chasm between them and their sister Carol Ann; and the healing, redemptive embrace they have come to find over time in one another. With good humor and often-striking candor, these interviews capture the Conroys as authentic and indeed proud South Carolinians, not always at ease with their place in literary lore, but nonetheless deeply supportive of Pat in his life and writing. Edited and introduced by the Palmetto State's pre-eminent historian, Walter Edgar, Conversations with the Conroys includes the first publications of Pat Conroy's interview with Edgar as the keynote address of the 2014 One Book, One Columbia citywide "big read" program, the unprecedented interview with the Conroy siblings for SCETV Radio's Walter Edgar's Journal, the resulting live Conroy Family Roundtable held at the 2014 South Carolina Book Festival, and a recent interview in Charleston following Pat Conroy's induction into the Citadel's Athletics Hall of Fame. This collection is augmented with an afterword from National Book Award–winning poet Nikky Finney and nearly fifty photographs, many from the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina Libraries, and published here for the first time. Through the resulting treasure trove of text and images, this volume is as much a keepsake for Conroy's legion of devoted fans as it is a wealth of insider information to broaden the understanding of readers and researchers alike of the idiosyncratic world of Pat Conroy and his family....

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Number of Pages : 152 Pages
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Conversations with the Conroys: Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family Reviews

  • Susan Stans
    2018-12-16 00:31

    I enjoyed this book following the completion of my fourth Pat Conroy novel Loved hearing about what his role was to his brothers and sisters for his books and what impact his books had on them. Rather rouneded out the story My favorite author. There are a few of his books for me to read. Glory! Glory!

  • Marsha
    2018-12-11 21:49

    This book seemed like several town hall meetings where the Conroys talk about how some of them overcome an abusive childhood. Their father was a strict military man who wanted to control everyone in the family and only did that by using his fists on all of them including his wife.

  • Hank Pharis
    2018-11-29 02:51

    Pat Conroy was my favorite contemporary novelist. I've been bummed by his recent death but found much enjoyment here through a series of interviews of him and his siblings. The story of their family's dysfunction has been become infamous through Conroy's books and the movies based on them. The first movie was "The Great Santini" and it was Robert Duvall's first starring role. However one of the brothers said that Duvall reminded him more of Bambi than their father! The perseverance and humor of this family is remarkable in light of all the abuse they endured growing up.

  • Eileenjp
    2018-12-14 00:26

    Being a big fan of Pat Conroy's books, I enjoyed reading the interviews that Walter Edgar had with Pat and one of his sisters and three of his brothers. Missing was his one sister, Carol, who was estranged with Pat the last few years of his life, and his brother who passed away several years ago. The Conroy's spoke openly of the difficulty of their childhood and the ways that Pat's work was an accurate depiction of their struggles. For me this was an interesting read. I will miss Pat Conroy and his unique style.

  • Sue
    2018-11-16 02:33

    This book contained several conversations with Pat Conroy and his brothers and sister. I found the interviews very interesting because I've read all of Pat's books several times and his family discussed his books and how close they were to their reality growing up. It was very interesting to compare their memories of growing up to the stories in Pat's books. Despite a very tough upbringing, its very evident that they love each other deeply. Great book for Pat Conroy fans.

  • Shari
    2018-12-11 23:36

    Transcripts of recent(ish) interviews with Pat Conroy and his siblings (minus Carol, of course). I mean, it's just a record of their conversation, but I've been listening to podcasts all week, old interviews with Pat Conroy on NPR, and I love his voice and his stories and even though this doesn't really give me anything new it is still wonderful.

  • Patsy Tindell
    2018-12-09 00:29

    Pat Conroy and his siblings answered questions about their lives as children of a violent father and dysfunctional mother. Pat Conroy is the author of The Water is Wide, Prince of Tides, South of Broad, and other stories set in South Carolinia.

  • Anne
    2018-12-01 04:45

    I was delighted to win this book through the GoodReads contest which was provided by the University of South Carolina Press!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading the interviews. At times I felt that I was in the room with them. It is fun to go back and read some of the quips and stories again and again.

  • Nan
    2018-11-30 04:38

    If you love Pat Conroy's books and you have read The Great Santini, you will enjoy these interviews with him and his siblings. It's truly amazing what great respect and affection they have for one another.

  • Sue
    2018-11-19 04:41

    This wasn't a "book." It was transcripts of conversations that didn't merit transcripting.

  • Mrs. Tongate
    2018-11-21 22:46

    For fans of Pat Conroy. You will feel like your in the room with Pat Conroy's family (3 brothers, 1 sister). 1 brother committed suicide, 1 sister doesn't stay in touch.

  • Colleen Lahey
    2018-12-05 03:28

    Excellent book. If you ever wondered where Pat Conroy got his material for his writing, this is book for you.

  • Jim Cullison
    2018-12-03 04:32

    A great and absorbing read. A true tribe of survivors.

  • Jane Gunn
    2018-12-14 05:43

    I read Death of Santini......nothing new in these interviews that was not in the book. A family thst takes a great deal of pride in their dysfunction.

  • Richard Norton
    2018-11-27 01:24

    Short book of discussions with Pat Conroy and his siblings describing the well known family disfunction..

  • Judy Gacek
    2018-11-22 05:24

    One of my favorite authors. However, the interviews were not that interesting. No new insights.