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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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The Water Is Wide
February 23rd, 2015
I loved this well written story from beginning to end. A slice of American history, sometimes ugly, sometimes beautiful, always human. Pat Conroy is an American treasure. He was the kind of teacher that I aspired to be through out my thirty year teaching career. The students come first and foremost . If by the end of the year we can all walk out the door with our heads held high, perhaps a little kinder , a little wiser and looking forward to another year of learning , then I have done a good job. Pat Conroy exceeded in all these areas.
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