Title- The Water Dancer
Genre- Literary Fiction
POV- First person, past tense
Similar Books/Comps– A Shadow Bright and Burning, The Gilded Ones
My emotions- defeated, wanting to be more hopeful
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 idealistic 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.
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 make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer isa propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.
I enjoyed this novel and appreciated the hardships behind the characters struggles. I enjoy deep stories that dig into what’s real and what matters in our world
What I’d change-
The theme and writing felt heavy and somber, like a constant Eeyore/rainy day, but I’m betting that was intentional.
“The tree of our family was parted – branches here, roots there – parted for their lumber.”