Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad

I found Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad as a suggestion from a Buzzfeed post. It’s also an Oprah’s Book Club recommendation too!

Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape.Source

I’m so glad I got this book to read between Book Club novels. It was honest, brutal, and tough to read at times. It’s a story that needs to be told especially now, and a part in history many try to forget. The story of Cora is an adventure worth taking.

Each chapter brought me hope, despair, and fear. Her escape gave me such anxiety! Whitehead did an amazing job pulling me through the uphill battle an escaped slave went through trying to get to freedom.

I could not put this novel down. In fact, when I tweeted this out, Colson Whitehead responded:

 If you enjoy historical fiction, I would highly recommend this book. It has some very sensitive subject matter (physical, mental, and sexual abuse), so it may not be suitable for all ages. Whitehead walked a fine line with being overly descriptive. I believe he described just enough to feel the horrors Cora was witnessed to.

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