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.
"A hell of a good story." (The New York Times)
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Beaufort High School loved Pat Conroy
Mr. Conroy taught the year at BHS while I attended. Although I was not fortunate enough to have him as a teacher, I would and was allowed to sit in some of his enormously informative and entertaining classes ! We were sad at his leaving us to go teach at Daufuskie Island, and wished him well at our pep rally in the Gym at BHS. We heard about things that happened over there, and made us sad. When he came out with a book about it, I was happy to get his book and he sign it. Pat was a beautiful kind soul, that simply cared about all people. Color had no affect in his treatment of people. We in Beaufort, adored him. Back in those days, he stood up for believing in something, rather than fall for not trying. I feel blessed to have "known" him somewhat, and having him share my beautiful town in his poetic words in his books. We loved having him live here these last years, and loosing him recently was and is very hard for us. I had to listen to this book for many reasons, it makes me remember so much and with laughter and tears, I've enjoyed it all over again. And, this lovely soul requested to be buried at a quiet black pre civil war cemetery on the Island of St. Helena.....He rests there with some of the best civil right folks from Beaufort !
- Gail Gollihugh Clark
Conroy's early autobiography