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Apr 28, 2021SmallSnapper rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
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 no ordinary slave, alongside being incredibly intelligent, he and his ancestors have retained a special gift. The Water Dancer chronicles the fall of the antebellum South, vividly, powerful and grand, I found it an important, intelligently researched and full of distant ancestors resting on Hiram's shoulders.