Be­cause a change is re­ally gonna come

Toronto Life - - Culture -

Col­son White­head, the au­thor of Sag Har­bour, Zone One and, most re­cently, the No. 1 New York Times best­seller The Un­der­ground Rail­road, is en­gag­ing and wryly provoca­tive. His lat­est novel is a steam­punk-tinged imag­in­ing of mid19th-cen­tury Amer­ica, fol­low­ing Cora, a teenage girl who es­capes slav­ery in Ge­or­gia by hitch­ing a ride on a lit­eral un­der­ground rail­road. Cora’s trip across the coun­try al­lows White­head to ques­tion how the fact of Amer­i­can slav­ery has be­come a slip­pery nar­ra­tive, and his vivid re­cast­ing of his­tory brings the past’s par­al­lels with the present civil rights movement into stark re­lief. Toronto Ref­er­ence Li­brary, toron­top­ub­li­cli­

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