Join us this month for a discussion about The Water Dancer by by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Previously writing award-winning non-fiction books and for Marvel comics, this is actually Coates’ debut novel, and one that straddles the genres of historical and science fiction. A review on NPR describes the book as “a surrealist story set in the pre–Civil War South, concerning a superhuman protagonist named Hiram Walker who possesses photographic memory, but who cannot remember his mother, and is able to transport people over long distances by using a power known as “conduction” which can fold the Earth like fabric and allows him to travel across large areas via waterways.”
We’d love to hear what you think:
- The Water Dancer creates a complex and nuanced dialogue about freedom. What does it mean to be free? What responsibilities come with freedom?
- Concepts of motherhood and fatherhood are presented in the novel. How do you define family?
- Truth and the difficulty facing and accepting what is true is another central theme. How is this also central to our Canadian history?
- Water is a major symbol in the novel. Within our broader culture, what meaning does water carry?
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