by Colson Whitehead

Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, and 2017 Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence

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From National Book Award-winning 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.

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. 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.

“[A] potent, almost hallucinatory novel that leaves the reader with a devastating understanding of the terrible human costs of slavery.” —The New York Times

“Reanimates the slave narrative, disrupts our settled sense of the past and stretches the ligaments of history right into our own era.” —The Washington Post