The Water Is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
40 Reviews
The island is nearly deserted, haunting, beautiful. Across a slip of ocean lies South Carolina. But for the handful of families on Yamacraw island, America is a world away. For years the people here lived proudly from the sea, but now its waters are not safe. Waste from industry threatens their very existence–unless, somehow, they can learn a new life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.

Here is PAT CONROY’S extraordinary drama based on his own experience–the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.


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Review: The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Carmen Sisson - Goodreads

A few years ago, I would have told you that the South Conroy describes -- the pitiable state of its education system, the political machinations, the injustices both slight and great -- was a ... Read full review

Review: The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

I have read Conroy before, but wanted to catch up on a couple I missed. The bad thing about reading a memoir is that one doubts that all really happened as the author portrayed. Being a teacher myself ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
18
Section 3
48
Section 4
51
Section 5
56
Section 6
73
Section 7
86
Section 8
92
Section 16
193
Section 17
196
Section 18
218
Section 19
224
Section 20
228
Section 21
256
Section 22
260
Section 23
263

Section 9
102
Section 10
110
Section 11
117
Section 12
135
Section 13
171
Section 14
176
Section 15
188
Section 24
278
Section 25
296
Section 26
315
Section 27
318
Section 28
324
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About the author (1987)

Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and My Losing Season. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.

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