The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is historical fiction with a twist. Mostly prose with some otherworldly, allegorical elements thrown in. I absolutely loved the historical elements of this book (as much as you can love this heartbreaking subject matter), but I honestly could have done without the fantasy elements added in. Set in Antebellum Virginia on a tobacco farm that has seen better days, this book is about relationships, struggles, and memories. The sci-fi/fantasy elements were about accessing memories to "conduct" or teleport from one location to another described as "folding the land as a cloth," a power that Hi, the protagonist, shares with Harriet Tubman who makes an appearance in this book. While there are several characters who were based on real life people, most of this book is speculative fiction. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and is interested in learning more about this time period, but just be aware that you will be teleporting across state lines!
Happy reading! Molly