Colson Whitehead

The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead

Talk: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead, Pulitzer Prize Finalist, MacArthur fellow, and New York Times bestselling author stops by Google to talk about his book, The Underground Railroad. Whitehead’s novel is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Join Cora, an escaped young woman on her attempts to find freedom from an antebellum cotton plantation in Georgia.

Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is a New York-based novelist. He is the author of the 1999 novel The Intuitionist, as well as four other novels and two books of non-fiction. In 2002, he received a MacArthur Fellowship.

The Underground Railroad

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits

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