Colson Whitehead is the New York Times best-selling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. The editor-in-chief of his publisher, Doubleday, said of Whitehead’s latest book, The Underground Railroad, “To bring novels like this into the world is the reason we all chose this maddening profession.” A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, Colson lives in New York City.
MFOB FEATURED BOOK: The Underground Railroad(to be published September 2016)
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, where life is hell. She and fellow slave Caesar take a risk and escape. Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her, and now they are being hunted. Cora’s terrifying journey is an odyssey through time as well as space. The Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. As Whitehead re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day.
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