#1¬†NEW YORK TIMES¬†BESTSELLER ‚Ä¢ OPRAH‚ÄôS BOOK CLUB PICK ‚Ä¢¬†From the National Book Award‚Äìwinning 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.
‚ÄúThis potent book about America‚Äôs most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.‚Äù‚ÄîSan Francisco Chronicle
NOMINATED FOR THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD ‚Ä¢ NAMED ONE OF¬†PASTE‚ÄôS BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE ‚Ä¢ NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY¬†Time¬†‚Ä¢ NPR ‚Ä¢¬†The Washington Post¬†‚Ä¢¬†Chicago Tribune¬†‚Ä¢¬†Vanity Fair¬†‚Ä¢¬†Esquire¬†‚Ä¢¬†Good Housekeeping¬†‚Ä¢¬†Paste¬†‚Ä¢¬†Town & Country¬†‚Ä¢ The New York Public Library ‚Ä¢¬†Kirkus Reviews¬†‚Ä¢¬†Library Journal
‚ÄúNearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary.‚Äù‚ÄîEntertainment Weekly
Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her‚Äîbut 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‚Äôs ever known.
So begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia‚Äôs 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‚Äôs enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, Hiram‚Äôs 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‚Äîthe violent and capricious separation of families‚Äîand the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today‚Äôs most exciting thinkers and writers,¬†The Water Dancer¬†is¬†a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.