The Water is Wide

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Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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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  - Anna Louise - Goodreads

We have come to expect not only radiant prose but honesty and intriguing story telling from Pat Conroy. There is no disappointment whatsoever in his THE WATER IS WIDE, a memoir of the time he spent on ... Read full review

Review: The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

A book club book. I probably wouldn't have chosen it for myself but I ended up really enjoying it. It is dated but it is certainly interesting to read how people today still matter-of-factly dismiss ... Read full review

About the author (2002)

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

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