Novelist Colson Whitehead On His Latest Work, “The Underground Railroad”

Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, mixes fantasy and history to take us on a harrowing journey from slavery to freedom.
Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, mixes fantasy and history to take us on a harrowing journey from slavery to freedom. Jason Marck / WBEZ
Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, mixes fantasy and history to take us on a harrowing journey from slavery to freedom.
Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, mixes fantasy and history to take us on a harrowing journey from slavery to freedom. Jason Marck / WBEZ

Novelist Colson Whitehead On His Latest Work, “The Underground Railroad”

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Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, mixes fantasy and history to take us on a harrowing journey from slavery to freedom.

It tells the story of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, who struggles towards freedom along the path of an underground railroad made real in in this novel.