The Water Dancer (Paperback)
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This is the story of Hiram, a slave on a Virginia plantation, his father the very master of the estate. Hi is gifted beyond measure with perfect memory and recollection, save for the memory of his departed mother, lost in the fog of his mind. It is this very talent of memory that gets him called into the house to serve a new task, waiting on his white half-brother, Maynard. But Hi has another gift beyond his memory, a power known to few, the power of Conduction. Upon seeing a phantom dancing on a bridge, events are set into motion that will send Hiram on a journey through the horrors of slavery, the wonders of freedom, and the salvation of one's true family. Beautifully written, Coates has weaved a story about the power of stories; those we tell others, those we hold dear, and those forgotten waiting to reemerge. The real and the fantastic merge in what is sure to be an instant bestseller.— Sean