Colson Whitehead

Longlist, 2019 National Book Awards
Winner, 2016 National Book Awards

Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review.
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The Nickel Boys

ISBN 9780385537070 Doubleday / Penguin Random House

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. More about this book >

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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 #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and was named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. His other books include The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex 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

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