Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Underground Railroad, is striking in both its literary style and emotionally impactful content. Whitehead is noted for mixing realism with a bit of surrealism and this, his latest novel, is no exception. Set in the antebellum South, he introduces us to Cora, a young slave woman who, along with her companions one night, relies on the light of the full moon to escape the brutality of the Georgia plantation on which she was born. With help from a clandestine network of abolitionist individuals, they travel the Underground Railroad which Whitehead depicts as a cavernous system of actual railways.
Scenes of both triumph and horror abound in this mix of historically-based fiction and subterranean fantasy. Whitehead’s sensory style of writing will keep you engaged and reflecting upon its emotional content for days after you’ve completed the book. Don’t overlook this one on your next leisure reading quest.
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