David Rothenberg's review begins, "For anyone who has been affected by the novels of Pat Conroy (particularly "The Great Santini"), a slim books CONVERSATION WITH THE CONROYS (published by South Carolina U Press) is a riveting experience. Pat, and four of his siblings, participated in a series of pubilc forums in South Carolina. It is impossible not to be moved and/or reflective as they share their childhood memories. That they survived a severely dysfunctional family, with humor and determination, is to be admired, envied and assessed. But the scars are revealed as they describe the suicide of one brother, Tom...and a sister, Carol, who has virtually shut them out of her life. Their reflections of their respective childhoods are as dramatic as brother Pat's fictionalization of his martinet father, a man memorably captured by Robert Duval in the Santini film version, Pat Conroy's novels are always an illuminating and emotional experience."
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