the water is wide Author:pat conroy Yamacraw Island lies off the coast of South Carolina, separated from the mainland by a wide tidal river. It is a small island, sparsely populated by a few black families whose forebears have lived there for generations. They are poor people; the oyster beds that once provided a good living for the islanders have become fouled by waste from a ... more »factory on the mainland.
The two room island school takes children through the eighth grade and teaches them almost nothing. But with the coming of Pat Conroy the mold was broken and for one glorious year the children tasted the excitement of learning and the joy of success.« less