The Water is Wide

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Bantam Books, 1987 - Fiction - 260 pages
37 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

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Elizabeth - Goodreads

Cleaning out my Kindle and I found this. Discovered when we saw a story about Yamacraw on TV years ago, it brought me back to my time living in the South, especially beautiful South Carolina. There is ... Read full review

Review: The Water is Wide: A Memoir

User Review  - Janice - Goodreads

Loved it. Besides being a year in a young teacher's life, it's a look at how things used to be and sometimes still are I can understand Pat's desire to help these kids but they didn't have much of s ... 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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