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April 10, 2018
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Menlo Park Library
800 Alma St.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Undergroung Railroad by Colson Whitehead
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Literature Book Club: The Underground Railroad

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Join us for a discussion of the book the New York Times called a "potent, almost hallucinatory novel."

The Menlo Park Library Literature Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month. The selection for March is "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead. The historical fantasy novel was a #1 New York Times bestseller, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the 2016 National Book Award, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. the protagonists' first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. What follows is a flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

About Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead is a Harvard College graduate whose other acclaimed works include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships. He lives in New York City.