The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer Review

Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage. When his mother was sold away, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her—but 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’s ever known.

So begins an unexpected journey 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, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures.

Title:The Water Dancer
Edition Language:English

    The Water Dancer Reviews

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    I’m giving those stars in shame, hands shaking as I push them to the key board and clicked: 3 shiny stars. Then I started to run away, dropping down my phone as if someone gave me a daily chore to c...

  • Chaima ? ?????

    *banging pots and pans together* HELLO I'D LIKE TO BRING EVERYONE'S ATTENTION TO THIS BOOK WHICH IS DESCRIBED AS:"A bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force ...

  • Angela M

    4+starsAt its core, this novel is a story of slavery, the shameful injustice, horrific treatment of human beings, of the amazing guts and guile of the people in the Underground transporting people to ...

  • Diane S ?

    If you've read his non fiction than you know what a powerfully this author writes. I was so curious about his first first foray into fiction. Would it be as good, as powerful? For me the answer is yes...

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Obviously I'm the worst at coming back to review those pesky RTC placeholders, but I felt the need to say a few words regarding this one. Even though I can't remember any specific quotes this far remo...

  • Paromjit

    A breathtakingly imaginative, lyrical and well researched antebellum historical fiction debut novel, infused with magical realism from Ta-Nehisi Coates. Follow the life of the extraordinary enslaved H...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    The beginning pulled me in right away.... but then at some point I found myself forcing to read it.Poetic writing - brutal powerful history - but rather than being worried the subject would be too emo...

  • Karen

    I’m in the minority here so read other people’s reviews.Up to around 35% I just loved this book.. then it went off into another direction and moved so very slow.. I kept going till 50% and could n...

  • Marchpane

    “If you surrendered to the air, you could ride it.”—Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon In Ta-Nehisi Coates’s debut novel, The Water Dancer, a young enslaved man named Hiram Walker gets involved ...

  • Liz

    This book grabbed me from its first pages and never let me go. Hiram Walker is the son of a plantation owner. But he’s the black son, born to a slave and thus a slave himself. His mother was sold ...