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The water dancer : a novel

Author: Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: New York : One World, [2019] ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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 that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fantasy fiction
Fiction
Historical fiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Coates, Ta-Nehisi.
Water dancer.
New York : One World, [2019]
(DLC) 2019011177
(OCoLC)1085585289
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Ta-Nehisi Coates
ISBN: 9780399590603 0399590609
OCLC Number: 1121044423
Notes: "The story of the White family takes the real-life saga of William and Peter Still and their family as its inspiration"--Author's note.
Description: 1 online resource (403 pages)
Responsibility: Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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"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 that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery 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 as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers"--

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