The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • OPRAHS BOOK CLUB SELECTION • From the National Book Award winning author of Between the world and me A boldly debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss and a subterranean war for freedom.
"This powerful book on America's most shameful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] a first-rate novelist." –San Francisco Chronicle
"Almost every paragraph is traversed by dense, wonderfully descriptive depictions of a vanished world and is full of living vocabulary."Weekly entertainment
The young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold, Hiram was deprived of all memory of her – but he was endowed with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, the same force saves his life. This encounter with death is for Hiram an urgency and a daring plan: escape from the only home he has ever known.
Thus begins an unexpected journey that leads Hiram from the corrupted size of Virginia's proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wild, from the coffin of the deep south to dangerously idealistic movements in the north. Even as he is involved in the underground war between slavers and slaves, Hiram's determination to save the family he left behind remains.
This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men and children – the violent and moody separation of families – and the war they waged to simply live with the people they loved. Written by one of the most exciting thinkers and writers of today, The water dancer is a driving, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those to whom everything has been stolen.
Praise for The water dancer
"Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who has changed the national political talk about race with his 2015 reminiscences. Between the world and me, His debut novel, of course, brings with it some unrealistic expectations – and continues to excel. The water dancer , , , is a work of breathtaking imagination and historical significance. , , , Most effective is the way Coates uses his notions of fantasy and fluid prose to examine a wound that never seems to heal. , , , Timeless and immediately canonable. "–Rolling Stone
- Hardcover Book
- Coates, Ta-Nehisi (Author)
- English (Publication Language)
- 416 Pages - 09/24/2019 (Publication Date) - One World...
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