The Water Dancer
A NovelBook - 2019
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Racial Equity Grant: Historical science fiction and slavery in the Southern States.
IndyPL_JoniMK Nov 28, 2020
After reading a three-star review of Water Dancer, I had to write my own and give Water Dancer five stars: Though he usually writes non-fiction, Coates ‘attempt’ at historical science fiction is better than many other books by many other authors out there and puts him squarely in the group of oth... Read More »
Fantasy historical fiction set in the USA South during slavery. This book won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Literary Award and is part of the Racial Equity Grant.
"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 th... Read More »
Ta-Nehisi Coates weaves a magnificently mystical tale of the journey to freedom. The Water Dancer is a unique mix between historical fiction and fantasy.
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'Way I see it, ain't no pure and it is we who are blessed, for we know this.'
'Blessed, for we do not bear the weight of pretending pure[...]I would live down here among my losses, among the muck and mess of it, before I would ever live among those who are in their own kind of muck but are so blinded by it they fancy it pure. Ain't no pure[...]Ain't no clean.'" (293)
“Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father [the white Master of the plantation] would allow them to do.”
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