The Water Is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 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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User Review  - bness2 - LibraryThing

This is a very open and candid memoir of the year (and part of a second year) that Pat Conroy spent teaching that the all black two-room grade school on Yamacraw Island, South Carolina. After teaching ... Read full review

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User Review  - krazy4katz - LibraryThing

A beautifully written book about Pat Conway's year teaching school on a small island off the coast of South Carolina where children from a former slave population have grown up isolated from the ... 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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