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The Water Dancer

(2019)
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The unmissable debut novel by the critically acclaimed author of Between the World and Me andWe Were Eight Years in Power - a richly imagined and compulsively page-turning journey to freedom

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'I haven't felt this way since I first read Beloved... I wish Toni [Morrison] was alive to actually read this book. She would be so proud' - Oprah

Hiram Walker is born into bondage on a Virginia plantation. But he is also born gifted with a mysterious power that he won't discover until he is almost a man, when he risks everything for a chance to escape. One fateful decision will carry him away from his makeshift plantation family - his adoptive mother, Thena, a woman of few words and many secrets, and his beloved, angry Sophia - and into the covert heart of the underground war on slavery.

Hidden amidst the corrupt grandeur of white plantation society, exiled as guerrilla cells in the wilderness, buried in the coffin of the deep South and agitating for utopian ideals in the North, there exists a widespread network of secret agents working to liberate the enslaved. Hiram joins their ranks and learns fast but in his heart he yearns to return to his own still-enslaved family, to topple the plantation that was his first home. But to do so, he must first master his unique power and reclaim the story of his greatest loss.

Propulsive, transcendent and blazing with truth, The Water Dancer is a story of oppression and resistance, separation and homecoming. Ta-Nehisi Coates imagines the covert war of an enslaved people in response to a generations-long human atrocity - a war for the right to life, to kin, to freedom.

'One of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. Right up there in the top five. I was enthralled, I was devastated. I felt hope, I felt gratitude, I felt joy... [Ta-Nehisi Coates] is a magnificent writer' Oprah

Genre: Historical

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February 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Water Dancer
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ISBN: 0-241-32525-0 / 978-0-241-32525-4 (UK edition)
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Title: The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Water Dancer
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ISBN: 0-241-32526-9 / 978-0-241-32526-1 (UK edition)
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Title: The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
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ISBN: 0-593-16819-4 / 978-0-593-16819-6 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Water Dancer: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-593-13311-0 / 978-0-593-13311-8 (USA edition)
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October 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water Dancer
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October 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Water Dancer
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October 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Water Dancer
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September 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Water Dancer
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ISBN: 0-525-49484-7 / 978-0-525-49484-3 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Random House Audio
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Dancer
Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2019 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Dancer
Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: Penguin
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September 2019 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Ta-Nehisi Coates
Publisher: One World
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