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The Water Dancer
The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
A boldly imagined work of magic and adventure from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage--and lost his mother and all memory of her when he was a child--but he is also gifted with a mysterious power. Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a force he doesn't understand, a blue light that lifts him up and lands him a mile away. This strange brush with death forces a new urgency on Hiram's private rebellion. Spurred on by his improvised plantation family, Thena, his chosen mother, a woman of few words and many secrets, and Sophia, a young woman fighting her own war even as she and Hiram fall in love, he becomes determined to escape the only home he's ever known. So begins an unexpected journey into the covert war on slavery 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 utopic movements in the North. Even as he's enlisted in the underground war between slavers and the enslaved, all Hiram wants is to return to the Walker Plantation to free the family he left behind--but to do so, he must first master his magical gift and reconstruct the story of his greatest loss. This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author's bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America's oldest struggle--the struggle to tell the truth--from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.
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Creme_de_la_them
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Book #8 of the year: “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates

It wasn‘t my favorite but still a good book. Normally I like a good fantasy and historical fiction, but this one was slower and a little more meandering than I expected. It has a generally happy ending.

Featuring: Jake the Dog

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rachelk
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I was curious about this novel as Ta-Nehisi Coates is primarily known for his award winning nonfiction. Here, Coates uses both historical fiction and magical realism to tell a harrowing and very original story of slavery in America. There‘s a lot to keep up with but I loved the gorgeous writing and unexpected adventure.

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Librarybelle
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In this remarkable telling, Coates pens a spellbinding story of slavery and the fight for freedom, or at least, a form of freedom. Coates uses magical realism to tell the story of Hiram, an enslaved person who realizes an ability that may take him away from the atrocities he witnesses in his life.

It‘s thought provoking, beautifully written, and deeply engrossing. This is also a book that is not a fast read…plan to take your time with it!

Megabooks This has been languishing on my TBR. I should pick it up. 🤔 5mo
Librarybelle @Megabooks Admittedly, it does take some time to get into the rhythm of the narrative, but it‘s worth the journey! 5mo
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Read-y_Picker
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Not my favorite but the writing was beautiful and atmospheric. A nice little break from what I‘d been reading lately. And I‘m really glad to be cleaning up so much unfinished business this weekend.
#20in4

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 9mo
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Hooked_on_books
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It took me a few chapters to get into this one, but ultimately I liked it quite a lot. I think the magical realism element was well done it just a touch too close to the “magical negro” trope. It was subtle but pivotal and really worked for me. This was a good twist on an underground railroad story and I liked the nuance in outlook of the different characters.

#dogsofLitsy #Greta

Megabooks This is sitting on my shelf still. I‘ve never felt it‘s the “right time” yet. 9mo
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booksandbellyrubs
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This one was nice but with a bit of an uneven pacing. It took me a while to get really connected to the characters. Some parts of the book are a bit long-winded, or maybe unnecessary even? I felt the magical realism took away a bit from the historical fiction side of the book, and that part might've been more impactfull without the magical side of things.

Not bad, but not a stellar read for me

#mondayreading #readingbuddy

Hooked_on_books Your dog! 😍 9mo
booksandbellyrubs @Hooked_on_books thx! He loves the bed, will happily put up with books being shoved in his face to be allowed a little snooze on it 😉 9mo
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Eggs Perfect 👏🏻📚👍🏼 10mo
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sakeriver
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This wasn‘t entirely what I was in the mood for but it was nevertheless quite moving. A story about slavery and freedom, it incorporates elements of fantasy in a way that, rather than departing from history into the speculative, actually heightens the feeling of truth.

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JELEIGH
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City of Brotherly love ❤️ #philly #kindlequotes

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Kdgordon88
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#CuriousCovers Day 21 #Water

Sitting on Mt. TBR

Eggs Well done 💙🌊💚 11mo
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CindiB
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This was magnificent. In its writing, pacing, imagining, depth of plot and of characters. I loved every second. 5/5

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perfectsinner
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This book started out very slowly for me m I struggled with the writing style for a good long bit, probably 100 pages or more. But I kept reading, and as I did, became more invested in Hiram's story, and the story of the Underground.
In the end I found it a compelling read, so I'm glad I stuck with it and didn't bail. It's a 4 star book for me.

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sakeriver
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Next

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perfectsinner
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... given so much less yet made of so much more

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Kenyazero
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What if the Underground Railroad had some help from incredible magic powers? I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting, and the book really took a hard look at the lives of enslaved black people in US history. I also liked that the story worked magic into the amazing work of the Underground Railroad without being reductive. #HistoricalFiction #Fantasy

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DinoMom
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A nice sunny day equals mom getting some reading in while some serious jumping is happening! #momlife #sunshine #trampoline

Christine So cute! Joy all around. 13mo
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BarbaraJean
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This was gorgeously written. Slow-paced for sure, but beautiful. My book group had mixed feelings about the magical realism, but I loved the way its magical elements wove together past & present in a uniquely African mythology. I‘m still unsure how I feel about mixing magical realism into a historical novel, blurring distinctions between the historical and the magical. But it was a beautiful read—and rich for discussion.

AvidReader25 My book club is reading this later this year. I‘m glad to hear it sparked a great discussion! 13mo
JazzFeathers Oh, my goodness, this sounds soooooo up my alley 😍 13mo
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andioop
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I liked parts of this. You can tell Coates is a non-fiction writer first and foremost. It‘s hard to get through at times. And I have some reservations about this mythification of Harriet Tubman. But overall, I liked it.

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andioop
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This one is hard to get through. But the good weather helps.

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vlwelser
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This #audiobook is awesome. There's singing and stuff. It's next level.

On another topic, it took me an absolutely stupid amount of time to realize that Harriet Tubman is one of the characters. Am I the only one that never reads more than a sentence or 2 of a book description before diving in?

#BookSpinBingo free space
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds like an enjoyable audio 🎵 🎶 1y
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Meaw_catlady
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Magical
Powerful
Liberating

#3WordReviews

Tagging the birthday queen @Megabooks 🥳

Megabooks Awww thanks friend!!! 😘💜 1y
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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBRPile 📚 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 and into the covert heart of the underground war on slavery...

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Meaw_catlady
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I wish I was good at writing book reviews. This book deserves an excellent review. From the minute I started this audiobook I was pulled into Hiram‘s world . This is a tough read but also very important . Truth meets magical realism. Full of love, hate, life, death , beauty, ugliness, magic and tragedy. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen You wrote a beautiful review 💞💞💞💞💞 1y
Megabooks Fantastic review, Rachel!! 💜😘 1y
Meaw_catlady @Cinfhen thank you 🙏 💕 1y
Meaw_catlady @Megabooks thanks friend !! 💜🌈💕🙏 1y
DaveGreen7777 Your review sold me, I have to check this book out! 😀💖 1y
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Very much reminded me of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, but more magical. I don't love magical realism, but there wasn't too much that it took me completely out of the story.

#lmpbc @KatieB @TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker

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Jari-chan
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I've had a somewhat troubled time with this book. It came as part of my Fantasy Book Box, but had doon to realise that it's more Magical Realism than Fantasy. So I had a whole wrong picture in mind, wgen starting it. That might be the reason why I never really got into the story. But it's still an important book, addressing important topics, therefore it's still good that I've read it.

@TheAromaofBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks It's so frustrating when a book isn't a bad book, it just isn't the book you were expecting/wanting to read!! 1y
Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks That's so true! 1y
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Allylu
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Finished the last 25 pages this morning. I really liked this story even though some of the situations were hard to fathom. I connected with the characters and the writing was so good. Weaving in the magic of Conduction and the inclusion of Harriet Tubman were my favorite parts. #LMPBC - it will be on its way today. #100Years100BOOKS #BookSpinBingo #5 #DS and a Bingo! #WinterRespite

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Yay bingo!!! 1y
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FeatherV
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This novel was intense, beautiful, heartbreaking and powerful. A dark side of history but a beautiful story of the compassion and tenacity some are gifted with.

#thewaterdancer #ta-nehisiCoates #2021books #lovedit

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LittlebearReads
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Enjoyed some time with the fuzziest reading buddy and this excellent #BOTM add-on that I hope to finish today!

ReadingOver50 Aww, we have a guinea pig too 1y
LittlebearReads @ReadingOver50 Yay! Guineas are such good little pals. 1y
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Melismatic
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#BookSpin complete for February! (It helped that this was my current read.)

Really enjoyed this poetic, magical lense look at “historical fiction” - a reimagining of the Underground Railroad & Harriet Tubman. The back quarter dragged a bit but overall, a really unique & inspired story.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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amyf0x
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Young Hiram and his beloved Sophia are part of the Tasked who serve the Quality on a tobacco plantation in Virginia, but he‘s discovering within himself the strange power of Conduction, which will allow him to free his people.

Read January 14-19
Rated 4/5 ⭐️
Book 5/60

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Wife
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Finished this at work tonight and will mail to @Allylu early next week. Not my typical read, but it‘s always good to try new things. No spoilers for my group 😉 @Hazel2019 @Hestapleton @suvata 3/5💧s

Allylu I just got Fallen Land yesterday, but I hope to have it read by the end of the month. 1y
Wife @Allylu I mailed Fallen Land in 1/15 1st class because I thought media mail would be too slow. I can‘t believe it took that long. 1y
Allylu @Wife It‘s okay. I found the audiobook on Hoopla and started it the day before it came. I knew it was on its way. 1y
Wife @Hestapleton Yes. Thanks 🌹 1y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Beautiful story!

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LeftyDv
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Wow. The narrative of the main character, the stories within the story... this book was just incredible and I‘ll be recommending it to all of my history teacher friends.

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Alfrazier21
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Thank you so much to @shellleigh33 for my #LittleChristmasSwap gift. I absolutely loved everything and cannot wait to read this book! And a huge thanks to @bookish_wookish for hosting!!

bookish_wookish This should be from @shellleigh33 1y
Alfrazier21 @bookish_wookish thank you!! I threw the box along with the card out on accident after I took the picture this morning and could not for the life of me remember who it was from!! 😅😭 it‘s been a long day! 1y
shellleigh33 So glad you like it @Alfrazier21 1y
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LadyCait84
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Fell behind in posting my last few completed reads of 2020...because I was busy eloping 👰🏻 and moving 🏡(all with extensive COVID precautions, of course). But this was one of my five star reads of the year, largely because it wove together true history and magic realism so well. There‘s also a lot of attention paid to slavery‘s emotional brutalities — like the horror of family separation — and the unhealable wounds that come from such evils.

Mollyanna Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 1y
Jas16 Congratulations! 🎉🥂💕 1y
readordierachel Congratulations! 1y
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Hestapleton
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I finished this month‘s #lmpbc (which happens to have Christmas scenes!) and it wasn‘t quite what I expected, but still enjoyable! Lovely writing. @Wife I‘m sending this to you this week. I mailed FALLEN LAND on 12/9 but it set as “arriving late - in transit” so we will see when it shows up. 🙃

Wife Thanks for keeping me updated. The PO is definitely having issues this season. I have a couple packages in limbo. 🌹 1y
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Zoes_Human
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Too much to say for the world limit here. You can find my full review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2811209575#_=_

TL;DR Great ideas & characters. What the hell happened to his writing? Disappointed.

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Zoes_Human
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Leftcoastzen 😻👏 1y
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Sloth was literal death for us, while for them it was the whole ambition of their lives.

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rebbyj
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Intense. Beautiful.

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Read-y_Picker
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Hi #GroupX ! Here are some picks from my own #TBR. I‘m sure some you must‘ve read. Let me know if any pique your interest! I have a fresh pack of coloured Pens that Papermate assures won‘t bleed through paper... #LMPBC

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm partial to The Water Dancer, but I haven't read any of them so I'm good no matter what. 2y
TheKidUpstairs I'm good with any of the rest! I have been dying to read 2y
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Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs @StillLookingforCarmenSanDiego Yeah, it seems to be the hot pick with some other groups also this round. 2y
Read-y_Picker Also, I was considering (edited) 2y
KatieB I have also read The Wonder but any of the others mentioned sounds great! I don‘t usually annotate so can you tell me what your magic pens are! 2y
Read-y_Picker @KatieB I don‘t either lol. Or only with pencil in case... I impulse bought a 6-pack of Papermate Flair! Pens because they were pretty and I deserved them that day lol 😏 2y
KatieB Can‘t wait to get started on this project! 2y
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Hazel2019
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Here is our final line-up #GroupJ #LMPBC 😁

Really excited for #Round10! 😊

@Wife @Hestapleton @Allylu

Wife 🌹 2y
Hestapleton I can‘t wait!! 2y
Allylu Looks good! 2y
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manirudh2000
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It's an alluring premise for novel based on the plantation days of Southern US, slaves and their tormentors. There's an element of fantasy, a magical ability in a slave born of the union between the plantation owner and a slave. He turns out to be smarter than the owner's biological child and that's the beginning of this novel.... Read my detailed review here https://rb.gy/n5eosa and please let me know your thoughts...

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Like Colson Whitehead‘s Underground Railroad, The Water Dancer brings the covert rescue of enslaved people to life through magical realism—here Conduction is a mystical power, accessed through memory and story. I felt like the main character wasn‘t as complex as many of the minor characters, but if this book lacks the emotional resonance you might expect from the author of Between the World and Me, its big ideas will stay with you just as much.

CaitlinR Nice review. 2y
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ImmaEdeli
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Managed to finish this one early tis morning or late yesterday evening, whichever way you want to look at it 😉
How beautiful this book was!!!
We may have had a rocky start but the ending was bittersweet.

This is book 1/3 for #AwesomeAugust hosted by @Andrew65. I'm having an absolute blast! Thank you!!!

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ImmaEdeli
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I'm a few days late to the party, but I finally figured out my goals for the #AwesomeAugust readathon created by @Andrew65.
I would love to finish reading three books in the time that's left. And these are the ones I'm going for right now though that might change since I'm a moodreader.
This readathon seems like a lot of fun and I'm happy to be able to participate.

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BBowling
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A novel which looks back at the conduction of slaves to freedom. And the mystical aspects of conduction. The examination of broken family life on the plantation. The losses of loved ones and the struggles to find another way of belonging. A very powerful story. An inspiring inclusion of Harriet Tubman.

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The Water Dancer has a similar magical mystical vibe to The Underground Railway. Hiram Walker is born into slavery, his mother a slave and his father the plantation owner. It‘s one of the nastier ways slave owners kept their property in check, a woman won‘t run and leave a child behind, even one forced on her #blacklivesmatter

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mcctrish
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Listening on the dock while my husband sails

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AbbaZabba02
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Book 73

This was an excellent but difficult read. Ive never read anything about slavery that didn't come from a highly whitewashed school textbook.

This follows Hirum, the half black enslaved son of the plantation Master. His mother was sold when he was 9 years old and he was assigned to be the man servant of his legitimate half brother. Hy dreams of being the Master until he realizes that can't happen and runs with the Underground Railroad.