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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)

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The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
Title
The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
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Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Language
eng
Summary
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLEROPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK • From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom."This potent book about America's most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist."—San Francisco Chronicle"Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary."—Entertainment Weekly Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but was gifted with a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram almost drowns in a river, that same power saves his life. This brush with death births an urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey 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 idealistic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram's resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today's most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.Praise for The Water Dancer"Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist in a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir, Between the World and Me. So naturally his debut novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations—and then proceeds to exceed them. The Water Dancer . . . is a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What's most powerful is the way Coates enlists his notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that never seems to heal. . . . Timeless and instantly canon-worthy."—Rolling Stone
Summary
A Virginia slave narrowly escapes a drowning death through the intervention of a mysterious force that compels his escape and personal underground war against slavery
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Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Dewey number
813.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • Fantasy
  • Fiction
  • African American Fiction
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9780399590603
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optical disk
Label
The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club)
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9780399590603
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optical disk

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