The Water Dancer

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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 utopic movements in the North. Even...

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Rick Klau @goodreads @taffyakner @thrillkinson @itsDanielSuarez @blakecrouch1 @eliotpeper @RonanFarrow @cbracy The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehesi Coates. Coates sees us—all of us—with a clarity that is as unnerving as it is breathtaking. He sees our failures, our aspirations, our hypocrisy, our pettiness, our beauty. Astounding book. (Source)

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Zamandlovu Ndlovu I’m using an image because I kind soul who felt for this book stole it from living room. I usually find Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ writing both breathtaking and hard work. I’m a bit of a lazy reader, I don’t like prose that sing all the time. But the premise of this book seems cool 🤷🏾‍♀️ (Source)

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