Feb 12, 2019
‘Ta-Nehisi Coates’s first novel, “The Water Dancer,” will be published in September by One World, an imprint of Random House, and now, it has a cover. The image, painted by the artist Calida Garcia Rawles, depicts a black man submerged in water, a reflection of both a plot point in the book as well as Rawles’ previous work, in which she said she’s combined the “meditative” quality of water to reckon with black trauma…
When Coates got the first image last fall, “I wanted to cry,” he said. He had written the earliest version of “The Water Dancer” in 2009, before “Between the World and Me” and “We Were Eight Years in Power” or, even, his seminal essay for The Atlantic, “The Case for Reparations.” When he saw Rawles’s interpretation of his words, the novel “started to feel really alive to me,” he said.’
The entire article can be read by going to this link at the New York Times.