Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all
memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious
power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is
saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that
lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death
forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his
improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few
words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even
as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only
home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war
on slavery that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia's proud
plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the wilderness, from the coffin
of the deep South to dangerously utopic movements in the North. Even as
he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all
Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he
left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and
reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original
vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great
adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to
bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered
characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the
struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and
beautiful writers--

Ta-Nehisi Coates—The Water Dancer - A Novel

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