The Water is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
25 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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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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