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)
MY THOUGHTS: This is my book club choice for March. When I started this book it was kind of slow going, but soon picked up. It wasn't the slaves treatment or Plantation owners treatment that kept me reading this book. It was the little girl abandoned by her mother at 8 years old, while her mother ran away, Cora was the little girl left alone to fend for herself. I wanted to find out what happened to Cora. How she survived the brutality of being a piece of property. The follows Cora all the way through the book. It gives you peeks at other slaves that intermingled into Cora's life. The book also gives you insight into the people that help to save when they run and the ones who track them down. Very good book, loved it. This book has also won numerous awards.
#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
I give this book 5........
This book is for 3 of my reading challenges......
Outdo Yourself Challenge
Try Something New Challange