The Water is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
987 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

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This is a wonderful book; still timely, meaningful, and relevant. I really enjoyed it, appreciated it, was made angry by it, and challenged by it. Read full review

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

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I will be reviewing this later. Pat Conroy is probably best known for his novel, "The Prince of Tides." This is a memoir, not fiction, although most of his novels are some sort of rehashing of his ... Read full review


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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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