Colson Whitehead

Winner, 2016 National Book Awards

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone OneSag HarborThe Intuitionist, John Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York.
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The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, book jacket, 2016
ISBN 9780385542364 Doubleday/Penguin Random House

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. More about this book >

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Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of The Noble Hustle, Zone OneSag HarborThe Intuitionist, John Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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