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Colson Whitehead

USA flag (b.1970)

Colson Whitehead is the author of the novels Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of the PEN Oakland Award. He has also written a book of essays about his home town, The Colossus of New York. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.

Genres: Historical, Mystery, Horror
Non fiction
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book nominee (2002) : John Henry Days
PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction Best Book nominee (2010) : Sag Harbor
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book winner (2016) : The Underground Railroad
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book winner (2017) : The Underground Railroad
Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2017) : The Underground Railroad
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (2017) : The Underground Railroad
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2017) : The Underground Railroad
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book winner (2020) : The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead recommends
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Christopher Sorrentino
"TRANCE is a work of startling insight, marvelously and masterfully evoking the grim stuff of true American nightmares."
Displaced Persons (2010)
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"A remarkable debut... A brave, brilliant, and haunting work of art."
Good Morning, Midnight (2016)
Lily Brooks-Dalton
"Good Morning, Midnight is a remarkable and gifted debut novel. Lily Brooks-Dalton is an uncanny chronicler of desolate spaces, whether it’s the cold expanse of the universe or the deepest recesses of the human heart."
The Ready-Made Thief (2017)
Augustus Rose
"In his highly addictive and multi-aceted first novel, Augustus Rose pits an irrepressible and gritty young heroine against a sinister group of fanatics. The Readymade Thief is a kickass debut from start to finish."
Borne (2017)
(Borne, book 1)
Jeff VanderMeer
"Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach Trilogy was an ever-creeping map of the apocalypse; with Borne he continues his investigation into the malevolent grace of the world, and it's a thorough marvel."
The Feral Detective (2018)
Jonathan Lethem
"A nimble and uncanny performance, brimming with Lethem's trademark verve and wit."
The Queen of Tuesday (2020)
Darin Strauss
"With The Queen of Tuesday, Darin Strauss rescues history's outtakes and lost footage to edit his own gorgeous, Technicolor take on America in the middle of the twentieth century, concocting an unlikely romance that is bold, brassy, and bighearted."
Black Buck (2021)
Mateo Askaripour
"Askaripour closes the deal on the first page of this mesmerizing novel, executing a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy."

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