The Water is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
39 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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I love his storytelling. - Goodreads
Conroy is a great writer, a poet. - Goodreads
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Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

This was another outstanding book by Pat Conroy,he is a amazing storyteller. This book really makes you think about how society and how racism plays a big part in it. The characters were believable ... Read full review

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Paul Haspel - Goodreads

The waterway that separates Daufuskie Island from the mainland of South Carolina does not seem too wide, if one is simply looking at a map. Daufuskie is one of the Sea Islands that are renowned for ... 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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