The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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New York Times. "Colson Whitehead won the National Book Award for fiction on Wednesday night for 'The Underground Railroad,' a hallucinatory novel about the horrors of American slavery and the sinister permutations of racism."
Oprah. "Colson Whitehead's spectacular new novel, The Underground Railroad, is inspired by real-life events—but it's a feat of imagination. It tells the gripping story of a female slave on a heroic quest to escape captivity. And it's Oprah's new book club pick."
Pulitzer Prize. "For a smart melding of realism and allegory that combines the violence of slavery and the drama of escape in a myth that speaks to contemporary America."