Born into bondage in antebellum Virginia, Hiram Walker must watch as he slowly forgets the last memories of his mother, who was sold away. He carries with him a superpower, however, to recover anything that is lost. In The Water Dancer, our hero discovers this strength while nearly drowning in a river years later. On his long journey north, Walker is enlisted in the war between slavers and the enslaved, his past and his future. His powers become stronger, as will the reader following his story, masterfully told by Ta-Nehisi Coates. The Water Dancer is must-read for fall, and a perfect motivating historical novel for any of us longing to get away from what we can’t avoid.
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