The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Somewhere between slave narrative and magic realism sits Coates’ story of Hiram Walker’s escape from bondage to his work with the underground railroad. The writing is superb. The story traces an incongruous path through the darkness and light. Coates is at his best when expounding upon the emotional depth of life and death. I was slow to get into it, but once I was, I was captivated. Highly recommended.

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