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The Underground Railroad

(2016)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Arthur C. Clarke Award Best Book
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Best Book
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel (nominee)
National Book Award for Fiction Best Book
Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2017

The Newest Oprah Book Club 2016 Selection

From prize-winning, bestselling author 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.

Genre: Historical

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October 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-7088-9839-4 / 978-0-7088-9839-0 (UK edition)
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August 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Underground Railroad
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-385-53703-4 / 978-0-385-53703-2 (USA edition)
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August 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-385-54236-4 / 978-0-385-54236-4 (USA edition)
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January 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Underground Railroad: A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-345-80432-5 / 978-0-345-80432-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-7088-9840-8 / 978-0-7088-9840-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
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May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Underground Railroad Exp
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-525-43570-0 / 978-0-525-43570-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Random House USA Ex
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October 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Canceled) (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 1-5247-3463-2 / 978-1-5247-3463-3
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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October 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Underground Railroad: Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction 2017
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-7088-9837-8 / 978-0-7088-9837-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fleet
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August 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Underground Railroad: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 1-5247-3630-9 / 978-1-5247-3630-9
Publisher: Random House Large Print
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September 2017 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Underground Railroad
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 1-5100-8778-8 / 978-1-5100-8778-1 (UK edition)
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad
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Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
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August 2016 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Underground Railroad
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0-7352-8557-8 / 978-0-7352-8557-6 (USA edition)
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August 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 1-5247-3625-2 / 978-1-5247-3625-5
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August 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Random House Audio
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October 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad: LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Fleet
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August 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Underground Railroad (Pulitzer Prize Winner) (National Book Award Winner) (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
Author(s): Colson Whitehead
Publisher: Anchor
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