The pick for our next Book Discussion is Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This book tells the story of Cora, a pre-Civil War Georgia slave,who escapes with another slave, Caesar. Together 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. In Colson Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.
This book is an Oprah Book Club pick and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. To reserve a copy to read click here. For more information call the Library at 920-596-2252.