The Underground Railroad: A Novel

The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead 0345804325 9780345804327
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slaves adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. The basis for the acclaimed original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins.

Cora is a 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 Whiteheads 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 womans will to escape the horrors of bondage--and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Look for Colson Whiteheads bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

Author: Colson Whitehead

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Publication Date: 2016-01-30


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