Oprah Calls Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Fiction Debut ‘One Of The Best Books I’ve Ever Read’

Oprah is back with her next book club pick and it’s a big one.

The media mogul announced that her next pick—her 81st ever selection—would be Ta-Nehisi Coates’ new novel, The Water Dancer.

“I have not felt this way about a book since Beloved,” says Oprah, told O Magazine. “I knew early on the book was going to cut me up. I ended up with my soul pierced.”

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The book, which is the first work of fiction from the acclaimed writer of Between The World And Me, follows the story of Hiram Walker, a young man born as a slave on a plantation in Virginia, who has been gifted a mysterious, magical power that eventually saves his life when he nearly drowns in a river. His survival inspires him to break free and run away from his bonds as he sets out on a dangerous and dramatic journey.

The Water Dancer will be the first book club pick under Oprah’s new Apple TV+ show Oprah’s Book Club. She will sit with Coates for the premiere episode set to debut November 1. 

Oprah’s Book Club originally got its start as a recurring segment on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1996. 


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