Benaroya Hall Downtown
Sun Oct 20, 7:30 pm
The eminent author of Between the World and Me and We Were Eight Years In Power and "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration" is not such a great novelist, according to Charles Mudede. Mudede writes: "The main flaw with the novel The Water Dancer is Coates wrote it to sound and feel like a novel. The story—which is set in Virginia, and is narrated by a young man, Hiram Walker, who has a photographic memory (one of the two superpowers he possesses)—is told with the deliberate gravity of a writer who believes he's writing a major work of fiction." Despite this apparent misstep, you should still see Coates, because he's a brilliant essayist and an important voice for addressing the deep wounds and injustices afflicting the African American community.