BOTM May 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

May BOTM: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

BOTM May 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Clan Fraser
Joined: July 19th, 2010, 10:09 pm

May 1st, 2018, 1:20 pm #1

May's Book of the Month is:

The Underground RailRoad by Colson Whitehead

#1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
Winner of the National Book Award
Winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

One of the Best books of the Year: The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times, HuffPost, Esquire, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cora is a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (January 30, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345804325
ISBN-13: 978-0345804327

Discussion will begin on May 23.

Clan Fraser
Clan Fraser
Joined: September 17th, 2009, 3:16 am

May 2nd, 2018, 12:16 am #2

I've been meaning to read this when it first came out, so I couldn't wait and went ahead.  Such an important book!  I'm so glad it is a botm selection.  Whoever brought this one up, well done!
"'I wish to God,' said Gideon with mild exasperation, 'that you'd talk--just once--in prose like other people.'"
--Game of Kings

Clan Fraser
Joined: October 1st, 2009, 11:19 pm

Yesterday, 8:43 pm #3

I finished this book and am looking forward to the discussion.  This was a good one and not one that I would have picked up had it not been a BOTM.