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The Water is Wide

Conroy, Pat

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ISBN 10: 039513644X / ISBN 13: 9780395136447
Published by Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1972
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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nice clean copy.red medium fade on spine of dj. pon on paste down. owner was a citadel graduate. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 017583

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Title: The Water is Wide

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin, Boston

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Photography By William and Paul Keyserling

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Signed: Signed By Conroy on the Title Page

Edition: First Printing.

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A teacher recounts his year on Yamacraw Island off the coast of South Carolina helping black children become aware of the world around them and the importance of self-respect

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This heartrending story of the difference one man can make became the basis for the first film based on a Pat Conroy work, the much-loved Conrack.

The Water is Wide

Yamacraw Island is nearly deserted. No one has paid much attention to it, nor to the few poor black families that live there. But this beautiful, haunting slip of land across the water from South Carolina is home to them, and they've lived off the bounty from the sea for generations.

But now their very existence is challenged. Industrial waste, pouring into the water from which they pull their catches, threatens the only vocation they've known. Unless they can learn a new way of life, they will surely perish. The Water is Wide is the true story of a young white schoolteacher -- a man who gave a year of his life to give an island and a people renewed hope. He becomes the teacher to their children, and teaches the adults of Yamacraw Island extraordinary lessons they didn't even know they needed to learn.

With a moving performance by Will Patton, Pat Conroy teaches us all about the triumph of the human spirit in the most desolate of circumstances.

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