Pages Through the Ages: 'The Underground Railroad'
Wed, April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Pages Through the Ages is a book discussion group focused on both historical non-fiction and fiction. This month the group will discuss the Pulitzer Prize winning The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Copies of the books are available at The Westport Library patron service desk or electronically.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood — where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him. 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.
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