The water is wide

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A "miraculous" ( Newsweek ) human drama, based on a true story, from the renowned author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini 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 way. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher--until one man gives a year of his life to the island and its people. Praise for The Water Is Wide "Miraculous . . . an experience of joy." -- Newsweek "A powerfully moving book . . . You will laugh, you will weep, you will be proud and you will rail . . . and you will learn to love the man." -- Charleston News and Courier "A hell of a good story." -- The New York Times "Few novelists write as well, and none as beautifully." -- Lexington Herald-Leader "[Pat] Conroy cuts through his experiences with a sharp edge of irony. . . . He brings emotion, writing talent and anger to his story." --Baltimore Sun
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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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subject_facet African Americans -- Education (Elementary) -- South Carolina, Education -- South Carolina -- Beaufort County, Teachers -- South Carolina -- Biography, Yamacraw Elementary School
title_display The water is wide
title_full The Water Is Wide, The water is wide / Pat Conroy, The water is wide / Pat Conroy ; illustrated with photographs by William and Paul Keyserling
title_short The water is wide
topic_facet African Americans, Biography & Autobiography, Education, Education (Elementary), Nonfiction, Teachers