The Underground Railroad (Paperback)

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In Mr. Whitehead’s pre-Civil War South, The Underground Railroad is more than just a metaphor for a means of escape from slavery. It is an actual path, carved out of the landscape silently and secretly, and provides runaway slaves with a chance for freedom. This elegant novel introduces us to Cora and Caesar, as they make their way out of Georgia into realities that are quite different from what they are accustomed to, but no less terrifying. As Cora and Caesar travel North into societies that are dramatically altered from the histories we learned in school, they stumble and struggle as they search for truth and freedom.

— Christine, Chicago ORD

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#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

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.

About the Author


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.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780345804327
ISBN-10: 0345804325
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publication Date: January 30th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English