The Water Dancer
A NovelBook - 2019 | First edition.
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This powerful and magical novel is set in civil war Virginia on a slave plantation called Lockless, where the wealth of the slave owners are dying, their land worked dry. With their power slipping, it gives chance for a young slave, Hiram to think about the idea and challenge of escape. Hiram is ... Read More »
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction shortlisted 2020
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'Way I see it, ain't no pure and it is we who are blessed, for we know this.'
'Blessed, for we do not bear the weight of pretending pure[...]I would live down here among my losses, among the muck and mess of it, before I would ever live among those who are in their own kind of muck but are so blinded by it they fancy it pure. Ain't no pure[...]Ain't no clean.'" (293)
“Bored whites were barbarian whites. While they played at aristocrats, we were their well-appointed and stoic attendants. But when they tired of dignity, the bottom fell out. New games were anointed and we were but pieces on the board. It was terrifying. There was no limit to what they might do at this end of the tether, nor what my father [the white Master of the plantation] would allow them to do.”
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