The Water Is Wide
By Pat Conroy
(Dial Press Trade Paperback, Paperback, 9780553381573, 320pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2002
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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.
Pat Conroy is the bestselling author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, and Beach Music. He lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina.
“Reading PAT CONROY is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel.”
“A hell of a good story.”
–The New York Times