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NEW YORK TIMES

BEST SELLER • OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB CHOICE •

From the National Book Award-winning author of

between the world and me,

a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom. “This powerful book on America’s most shameful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist.”—

San Francisco Chronicle

IN DEVELOPMENT AS A BIG MOVIE • Adapted by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Kamilah Forbes, directed by Nia DaCosta and produced by MGM, Plan B and Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films

NOMINATED FOR NAACP IMAGE AWARD • NAMED ONE OF

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THE BEST NOVELS OF THE DECADE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY

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Young Hiram Walker was born in captivity. When her mother was sold, Hiram was robbed of all memory of her, but he received a mysterious power. Years later, when Hiram nearly drowned in a river, that same power saved his life. This brush with death sparks an urgency in Hiram and a daring plan: escape from the only home he’s ever known. Thus begins an unexpected journey that takes Hiram from the corrupt grandeur of Virginia’s proud plantations to desperate guerrilla cells in the desert, from the coffin of the Deep South to dangerously idealistic movements in the North. Even as he engages in the underground war between slavers and enslaved, Hiram’s resolve to rescue the family he left behind endures. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply live with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers,

the water dancer

it is

a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.

praise for

the water dancer

“Ta-Nehisi Coates is the most important essayist of a generation and a writer who changed the national political conversation about race with his 2015 memoir,

between the world and me

. So naturally, his first novel comes with slightly unrealistic expectations, and then proceeds to exceed them.

the water dancer

. . . it is a work of astonishing imagination and rich historical significance. . . . What’s more powerful is the way Coates uses her notions of the fantastic, as well as his fluid prose, to probe a wound that he never seems to heal. . . . Timeless and instantly canon-worthy.”

Rolling Stone

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