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Any writer tackling slavery needs to do something different with it, and The Water Dancer does just that. Coates' rhapsodic prose spins a soaring, scorching, supernatural tale of the imagination that sets this history alight and turns it into an original work of art. -- Bernardine Evaristo

One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life . . . I was enthralled, I was devastated. -- Oprah Winfrey

a remarkable story about inequality, slavery, memory, freedom and dignity. I found it important and universally relevant -- Elif Shafak ― Guardian

a crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling that tonally resembles the work of Stephen King as much as it does the work of Toni Morrison, Colson Whitehead and the touchstone African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler. ― New York Times

a work of both staggering imagination and rich historical significance . . . timeless and instantly canon-worthy.Rolling Stone

A tale of slavery and mysterious power in this debut novel from one of America's most exciting young writers.The Times

An arresting story of fantastical power in the brutal world of human bondage . . . A transcendent, arresting work from a crucial political and literary artist -- Diana Evans

Eagerly anticipated . . . The Water Dancer merges historical and fantasy fiction in a slavery story that Oprah Winfrey says is one of the best books she has read in her life.Observer

In prose that sings and imagination that soars, Coates further cements himself as one of this generation's most important writers, tackling one of America's oldest and darkest periods with grace and inventiveness. This is bold, dazzling, and not to be missedPublisher's Weekly

Beautiful prose and wonderful characters . . . an important book written by one of the great thinkers of our times. It's a thriller, a historical how-to, a love story and a warning. I read it one long night and the next day pressed it into everyone's hands. Brilliant.

About the Author

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of the Number One New York Times bestseller, Between the World and Me, winner of the National Book Award, and of the acclaimed essay collection We Were Eight Years in Power. A MacArthur Fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story 'The Case for Reparations'. He lives in New York with his wife and son.

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  • Publisher : Hamish Hamilton (15 October 2019)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 416 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0241325269
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0241325261
  • Item Weight : 502 g
  • Dimensions : 15.3 x 3 x 23.4 cm
  • Country of Origin : United Kingdom
  • Generic Name : Book
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