The Resource The underground railroad [Book Club kit], Colson Whitehead

The underground railroad [Book Club kit], Colson Whitehead

Label
The underground railroad [Book Club kit]
Title
The underground railroad [Book Club kit]
Statement of responsibility
Colson Whitehead
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Language
eng
Summary
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hellish for all the slaves, but Cora is an outcast even among her fellow Africans, and she is coming into womanhood; even greater pain awaits. Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, and they plot their escape. Matters do not go as planned - Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her - but they manage to find a station and head north. In Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is not a metaphor - a secret network of tracks and tunnels has been built beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, where both find work in a city that at first seems like a haven. But the city's placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens - and Ridgeway, the relentless slave-catcher sent to find her, arrives in town. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing journey, state-by-state, seeking true freedom. Like Gulliver, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey - Whitehead brilliantly recreates the unique terrors for black people in states in the pre-Civil War era. 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
Summary
After Cora, a pre-Civil War Georgia slave, escapes with another slave, Caesar, they seek the help of the Underground Railroad as they flee from state to state and try to evade a slave catcher, Ridgeway, who is determined to return them to the South
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Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2017.
  • Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, 2017.
  • Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2017.
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2016
  • Goodreads Choice Award, 2016
  • Hurston/Wright Legacy Award: Fiction, 2017.
  • Indies' Choice Book Awards, Adult Fiction, 2017.
  • Library Journal Best Books, 2016
  • National Book Award for Fiction, 2016.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2016
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 2017.
Awards note
  • National Book Award, Winner 2016.
  • Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Winner 2017.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10515877
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1969-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Whitehead, Colson
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Underground Railroad
  • Fugitive slaves
  • United States
Target audience
adult
Label
The underground railroad [Book Club kit], Colson Whitehead
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Ajarry -- Georgia -- Ridgeway -- South Carolina -- Stevens -- North Carolina -- Ethel -- Tennessee -- Caesar -- Indiana -- Mabel -- The North
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
366 pages
Governing access note
Kits available to Book Club administrators. Please contact your local Branch Library if you are interested in registering
Isbn
9780708898406
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Publisher number
  • 9780708898406BK
  • 0708898408BK
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
The underground railroad [Book Club kit], Colson Whitehead
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Ajarry -- Georgia -- Ridgeway -- South Carolina -- Stevens -- North Carolina -- Ethel -- Tennessee -- Caesar -- Indiana -- Mabel -- The North
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
366 pages
Governing access note
Kits available to Book Club administrators. Please contact your local Branch Library if you are interested in registering
Isbn
9780708898406
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Publisher number
  • 9780708898406BK
  • 0708898408BK
Specific material designation
regular print

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