The Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad
Colson Whitehead

—Recommended by Scott & Paul

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.

Title The Underground Railroad
Author Colson Whitehead
Publisher Anchor Books
Title First Published 06 February 2018
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0345804325
ISBN-13 9780345804327
Publication Date 06 February 2018
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.

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