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The Underground Railroad

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
Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award
Finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Longlisted for the Prix Médicis

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

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 recreates 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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The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead

  • Publication Date: January 30, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN-10: 0345804325
  • ISBN-13: 9780345804327