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Publisher Description

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.

Biographies & Memoirs
August 31
Open Road Media
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC

Customer Reviews

Elkay44 ,

The Water is Wide

I have loved Pat Connroy’s writing since I first discovered him with The Prince of Tides. His writings can fly you away. His melodious use of words can transform you so that you are witnessing what he sees as he writes. Brilliant!

The La Honda rocker ,

The River Is Wide

One THE BEST books I have ever read

Flip Flop Mama ,

The Water Is Wide

My favorite book of all time, hands down. If you call the South home, or love to visit, you will love this touching story, the historical references, as well as the descriptions of the beautiful SC low country. Read it!

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