The MahoganyBooks & Very Smart Brothas book club is excited to announce our November book club read, The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is an award-winning author of several books and journalist who once wrote for at The Atlantic on cultural and political issues regarding the African American community. His other fiction work included a comic series based on the Marvel superhero, Black Panther, first published in 2016.
Told from the perspective of Hiram Walker, an enslaved man born in Elm County, VA, who eventually joins the Underground Railroad. 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, the same power saves his life. This brush with death births and urgency in Hiram and a daring scheme: to escape from the only home he's every known.
"Coates balances the horrors of slavery against the fantastical. He extends the idea of the gifts of the disenfranchised to include a kind of superpower. But The Water Dancer is very much its own book, and its gestures toward otherworldliness remain grounded. In the end, it is a novel interested in the psychological effects of slavery, a grief that Coates is especially adept at parsing. . . . In Coates's world, an embrace can be a revelation, rare and astonishing." -- Esi Edugyan, The New York Times
Open to the public, as well as, live streamed to Facebook, the MahoganyBooks + Very Smart Brothas book club is a monthly book club that reads a wide range of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora then meets the first Friday of the following month to discuss and debate the book and its associated themes. Join the MahoganyBooks + Very Smart Brothas Book Club on December 6, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for what promises to be a fun and engaging book discussion.
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK - 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 potent book about America's most disgraceful sin establishes [Ta-Nehisi Coates] as a first-rate novelist." -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Nearly every paragraph is laced through with dense, gorgeously evocative descriptions of a vanished world and steeped in its own vivid vocabulary." -- Entertainment Weekly
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 is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen.