Book Club Kit: The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide

The Water is Wide
by Pat Conroy
First Published: 1972
6 Copies & Reading Guide

Yamacraw Island was haunting, nearly deserted, and beautiful. Separated from the mainland of South Carolina by a wide tidal river, it was accessible only by boat. But for the handful of families that lived on Yamacraw, America was a world away. For years these families lived proudly from the sea until waste from industry destroyed the oyster beds essential to their very existence. Already poor, they knew they would have to face an uncertain future unless, somehow, they learned a new life. But they needed someone to teach them, and their run down schoolhouse had no teacher. The Water is Wide is Conroy’s experience as the only teacher in a two-room schoolhouse, working with children the world had pretty much forgotten.

Reading Guide:
LitLovers – Includes Brief Reviews, Author Info, and Discussion Questions.


On the Web:
Author’s Website –
Moon Travel Guides – “Pat Conroy’s Lowcountry
Wikipedia – More about Daufuskie Island (aka “Yamacraw”) 

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