New York Times Bestseller: The “miraculous” memoir of an inspiring teacher and the students who changed his life on an impoverished South Carolina island (Newsweek).
Though the children of Yamacraw Island live less than two miles from the southern mainland, they can’t name the US president or the ocean that surrounds them. Most can’t read or write. Many of the students are the descendants of slaves, handicapped by poverty and isolation.
When Pat Conroy arrives, an eager young teacher at the height of the civil rights movement, he finds a community still bound by the bitter effects of racism, but he is determined to broaden its members’ horizons and give them a voice.
In this poignant memoir, which Newsweek called “an experience of joy,” the New York Times–bestselling author of The Prince of Tides plumbs his experiences as a young teacher on an isolated South Carolina island to reveal the shocking inequalities of the American education system.
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Before he wrote his bestseller The Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy spent 1969 as an idealistic teacher on an island off the South Carolina coast. He arrived in that predominantly African-American community to find a school in shambles—virtually abandoned by the mainland. We were deeply moved by Conroy's intimate account of his personal crusade to make change. The Water Is Wide draws us into the joyous, chaotic process of working with young students and provides insights about a system entrenched in racial prejudice and a framework for a more just future.