The Water Is Wide: A Memoir

· Open Road Media
32 reviews

About this ebook

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.

Ratings and reviews

32 reviews
Marie Raven
March 14, 2017
A must-read for anyone who enjoys reading about real people and events. I read this book approx 20 years ago and I still remember some of the small details (and at my advanced age of 70+, remembering something from that long ago is remarkable!). I would read this one again in a heartbeat and enthusiastically recommend it. Enchanting.
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Third-party review
A glimpse into 1970's southern life. Interesting.
Third-party review
Early Conroy. When one actually visits the island near Hilton Head that he fictionalizes as Yamacraw, and speaks with residents who still remember Conroy, one gets a drastically different picture than the one that Conroy depicts.

About the author

Pat Conroy was 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 passed away in 2016 at the age of seventy.

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