The Underground Railroad: A Novel

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Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, Jan 30, 2018 - FICTION - 313 pages
#1 New York Times Bestseller * Winner of the Pulitzer Prize * Winner of the National Book Award * Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction * Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

One of the Best Books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune


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Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood--where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage--and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.
 

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In The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead describes the agony and injustice of slavery in horrendous detail. The protagonist is Cora, a third generation slave, whose grandmother made the journey ... Read full review

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This was a challenging, brutal book that also contained sentences so beautiful I would read them several times over. I think I might need some time to let the author's decisions sink in. Read full review

Contents

Georgia
7
South Carolina
90
North Carolina
151
The North
297
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Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review, as well as The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He lives in New York City.

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