The Water is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
203 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
I LOVE Pat Conroy's writing! - Goodreads
Not a page turner, but worth the time to read. - Goodreads
Somewhat thin on plot. - Goodreads

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Cathy - Goodreads

This should be a must read for all. Conroy is an incredible writer an this based on truth study of racism and segregation in SC is simply amazing. Read full review

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

I truly enjoyed this book with all its ups, downs, and insights into school and life on an island off South Carolina for its black residents. What a fun and unconventional teacher Pat Conroy was! Any ... 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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