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This book will make a difference in the next book that you pick up -- if you haven't read Pat Conroy, you'll realize what you've missed and know that it's time to start reading his books. If you are a Pat Conroy fan, this book will make you want to take your copy of Prince of Tides or Beach Music off your shelf and travel to the low country and get reacquainted with those characters that you loved.
My sister-in-law introduced me to Pat Conroy’s books about a year after I lost my husband to pancreatic cancer in 2006. That year I was bereft, unable to wake from the finality of the illness. I first read The Lords of Discipline and The Prince of Tides and was stunned at how the poetry and power of his words were affecting my broken heart and me. I then read My Losing Season, sobbing with most every page. I finally realized that the stories, the words, the author himself, brought the fear and grief I had been harboring to the fore. Little did I know that Pat Conroy would succumb to the same illness ten years later.
I want to say a special thank you to one of the authors of this remarkable book; author, archivist and historian Alexia Jones Helsley for including me in her long list of “friends of Pat” that she remembered with a signed copy.
After reading “Our Prince of Scribes” Edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, I wished that I had the opportunity to meet Pat Conroy while he was alive. I can see from the contributions of all the authors, that Pat Conroy was a generous, kind, helpful and loyal friend to Authors and Writers. In addition, there were actresses and screen writers who paid tribute.
I especially enjoyed reading excerpts from the authors that I have read their books, and am familiar with them. Each one told their story of their connection to Pat Conroy and the literary world. In Kathy Murphy’s, “My Hero”, I appreciated how Pat Conroy was a special friend. I was so touched by Bren McClain’s “A Circle Lit in Holy Light”. Nicole Seitz, Barbara Streissand, Janis Ian, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe, Sandra Brown, and so many wonderful contributors to list, individually all were so very fond of Pat Conroy. They all had the same things to say, Pat would call each one, and let them know it was his responsibility to keep up the friendship in his special way.
“The Prince of Scribes” was an educator, and had certain ideals that he fought for. Although Pat, grew up in an abusive household, especially from his father, he was able to redirect his anger to the written word. He would never be the man to raise his hand to a woman or child. After his books were made into movies, he didn’t consider himself, above anyone else. There was no jealousy, just the urge to help another writer.
One of the cute contributions that shows his sense of play and humor comes from his loving wife. On Page 266 from Cassandra King Conroy,”His usual response when someone asked about my writing was to say his wife wrote pornography while he wrote only Christian fiction. He once announced to a packed audience at the Miami Book Festival that I was (then unknown) of “Fifty Shades of Grey” Next to him on stage, I snorted, “You wish, “ I said. Oh, Pat.”
I would highly recommend this entertaining and wonderful book filled with memories, friendship and stories of “Our Prince of Scribes”-Pat Conroy.