“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured th…

“There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured three servings of hard cider.” 💙

Beautifully written book with stunning prose and sentences you just want to sink your teeth into. It’s a story of the Tasked (enslaved people) and Quality (slavers). It’s the story of Hiram, a Tasked young man who finds within himself a power and his journey from finding this power to its meaning and purpose. This is where the magical realism enters the picture and probably the part I didn’t love about this book as I do not enjoy magical realism. But knowing that going in, I still wanted to read this book because I knew it would be an important story outside of that element and it was. I spent a lot of time thinking about the idea of memory while reading this book. I think it’s an important theme in the book and it also offers us to think more deeply about how memory profoundly influences and shapes who we are and the privilege it contains as well. A worthwhile and lyrical read, especially for those who love magical realism! I want to encourage you to not read diversely for a week or a month or when there is a challenge but continuously and because you want to seek out stories that stretch you in different ways. It may take a little more effort to seek these stories out (or not) but I have found that books that have made me grow as a person are often the ones that were outside my own personal experiences or ones that provided insight and knowledge into journeys beyond me. 💙

6 thoughts on ““There was a table with three cups and a jar, and from the jar Hawkins poured th…”

  1. I’m reading it this month! I’m so mad that I’ve waited this long! I’m so glad you loved it!

  2. I read Between the World and me this week and I loved Ta-Nehisi Coates’ poetic and lyrical writing. I’m still not sure this book is for me. I’m not a fan of magical realism either, but you did make it sound appealing. ❤️

  3. Great review! I loved this book! This book was very emotional for me as I listened to the audio book read by Joe Morton who was fantastic! I enjoyed the magical realism. The idea of conduction being tied to memory was brilliant. So much to unpack in this book. It’s definitely a 5 star book for me.

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