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. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North, embarking on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.
A stunning, brutal and hugely imaginative book, longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2017 and winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize.
“Whitehead is on a roll: the reviews have been sublime.” GUARDIAN
“Luminous, furious, wildly inventive.” OBSERVER