Colson Whitehead

One of America’s most exciting and original novelists and essayists, multi-award winning author Colson Whitehead cut his teeth writing fiction heavily influenced by science fiction. A Harvard graduate he started his career as a reviewer at the popular New York culture paper Village Voice before publishing his first novel, The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the prestigious Pen/Hemingway Award. For more than a decade, Whitehead published acclaimed and award-winning books, including the novels, John Henry Days (which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Apex Hides the Hurt, Zone One and non-fiction works The Colossus of New York and The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death before rising to international fame with his 2016 masterpiece, The Underground Railroad.

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Set in a richly evoked 1960s Harlem, the award-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys spins a meticulously plotted and paced tale of petty criminals and failed heists, which masks a deeper meditation on morality versus expediency and the difficulty of leading a good life in a bad world.
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The Nickel Boys
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The Underground Railroad
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The Underground Railroad
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Zone One
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Sag Harbor
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Apex Hides the Hurt
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John Henry Days
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Harlem Shuffle
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Based on an idea Whitehead conceived early in his career, The Underground Railroad blends fantasy and reality for a luminous story of runaway slaves in the antebellum South. ‘I didn’t think I could pull it off,’ the author commented in a Guardian interview. ‘I didn’t think I was a good enough writer… And then, a couple of years ago, I thought maybe the scary book is the one you’re supposed to be doing.’ Acclaimed worldwide, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, became a number one New York Times Bestseller and was Waterstones Book of the Month for July 2017. Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Nickel Boys, will be published in July 2019.