The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Hiram was born into slavery. His mother was a slave and his father is the plantation master. Hiram struggles with his place on the plantation. He decides to run to freedom one night, but gets caught and this begins his journey. With a special gift he hasn’t mastered, Hiram will take a position on the Underground Railroad. This is where Hiram finds himself and his memories to unlock his gift.
I struggled while reading this book. While it is beautifully written it is also very dense. The story at times branches off into other storylines that don’t really seem to add to the book or the main story. The storylines, at times, are weaving in and out so much that it becomes convoluted and messy. This makes it hard to keep up with the flow of the story and makes it a drag.
I really liked the idea of this story, but felt it could have been executed better. Maybe the supernatural aspect of the book should have been removed for a more streamlined approached. My next read will have to be lighter and less dense after this book.