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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 life. But they will learn nothing without someone to teach them, and their school has no teacher.
Here is PAT CONROY'S extraordinary drama based on his own experience-the true story of a man who gave a year of his life to an island and the new life its people gave him.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

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"Reading PAT CONROY is like watching Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel."-"Houston Chronicle" "A hell of a good story."-"The New York Times" "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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