Celebrated writer Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first novel, The Water Dancer, was released today.
The novel Centers on a man named Hiram Walker, who was born into slavery in 19th century Virginia, the novel is a “crowd-pleasing exercise in breakneck and often occult storytelling,” a review in The New York Times stated.
Over the past decade, Ta-Nehisi Coates has become one of the nation’s celebrated writers. In 2014, he wrote a piece titled “The Case for Reparations,” which rejuvenated the push for the government to pay reparations to the descendants of slaves.
His 2015 book, Between the World and Me, a National Book Award winner, was written as a letter to his adolescent son.
In their New York studio, Democracy Now! speaks with Ta-Nehisi Coates about The Water Dancer and his attempt in his first novel to “get at American myth” that exists around race and reparations.
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