Because a change is really gonna come
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, torontopubliclibrary.ca.