The Water Is Wide

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Open Road Media, Aug 31, 2010 - Fiction - 310 pages
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The bestselling Pat Conroy memoir—now available as an ebook
The moving story of a young teacher’s experience on an island forgotten by the world

Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the coast of South Carolina, they can’t name the president or the ocean that surrounds them. Many can’t sign their names. Most can’t read or write—they’re unable to reach their potential to grow and learn because they have been failed by their school district and handicapped by their poverty and isolation. But with the arrival of an eager young teacher, their prospects begin to brighten.
Based on Pat Conroy’s experiences teaching elementary school for a year on South Carolina’s Daufuskie Island, The Water Is Wide is a revealing portrait of the inequalities of the American education system and a powerful story of the group of children that changed one man’s life forever.


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I love Pat Conroy's prose. - Goodreads
As always, story telling at its finest. - Goodreads
LOVE Pat Conroy and his beautiful writing! - Goodreads
This gave me insight into Pat Conroy's life. - Goodreads
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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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Chapter 12
A Biography of Pat Conroy

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About the author (2010)

Pat Conroy is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs and seven novels, including The Prince of TidesThe Great Santini, and The Lords of Discipline. Born the eldest of seven children in a rigidly disciplined military household, he attended the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. He briefly became a schoolteacher (which he chronicled in his memoir The Water Is Wide) before publishing his first novel, The Boo. Conroy lives in Beaufort, South Carolina. 

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