The Underground Railroad

A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Awards:2017-Fiction-Winner-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
2017-Literary Fiction & Classics-Finalist-Audies,
2017-Fiction-Longlist-Booker Prize,
2017-Solo Narration Female-Finalist-Audies,
2017-Audiobook of the Year-Finalist-Audies,
2016-Fiction-Winner-National Book Award,
New York Times Bestseller
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Product Number: DD28501
Released: Aug 02, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524736255
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Times bestseller from Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South 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. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. Like the protagonist of Gulliver's Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.


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The Underground Railroad
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Product Number:DD28501

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Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Product Number EB00633618
Released: Aug 02, 2016
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780385537049

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"Magical realism meets historical fiction in this heartbreaking story of Cora's escape from the horrors of enslavement on a Georgia cotton plantation and her dream of freedom in the fabled North. Bahni Turpin's narration is near perfection as she captures the emotional heart of this audiobook. Her sensitive pacing allows listeners to absorb the impact of intense scenes and tugs them along when the plot races. By using well-crafted dialect and authentic-sounding accents, Turpin believably dramatizes the wide range of characters, projecting the cruelty of the white bounty hunters, the determined fear of the runaway slave, and the reserved kindness of the Underground Railroad stationmasters. Turpin's strong performance combined with author Whitehead's affecting writing makes this the one audiobook you cannot miss. C.B.L. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"