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op_090813bbHigh-drama Southern novelist Pat Conroy has been breaking sales records and breaking hearts for decades with his passionate prose out of the Carolina low country.

With blockbusters gone to film — "The Prince of Tides," "The Great Santini," and more — Conroy has won a readership of millions. He aims straight for the emotional heart of every story. The Washington Post calls him “the Prince of Tears."

Now, after a 14-year break, he’s out with a new novel, set in Charleston: "South of Broad."

This hour, On Point: A conversation with novelist Pat Conroy.

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Pat Conroy joins us from Birmingham, Alabama. He's the author of the novels "The Great Santini," "The Lords of Discipline," "The Prince of Tides," and others. His new novel is "South of Broad." You can read excerpts at RandomHouse.com.

This program aired on August 17, 2009.

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