Each month, I'll buy a book and feature it on my blog to support and promote diverse authors and subjects. If it's posted here, it's a safe bet that I loved them, but I will try and add a little explanation as to what I loved.
My last few entries have had a similar theme about them. I've always been interested in black history in America, especially lately, and so my reading choices have reflected that. And this story was one I couldn't possibly miss. So much has been said about this book that I very much doubt it needs any help from me (Pulitzer Prize, for one thing!), but it's a wonderful book and I'm so glad I read it.
So, here is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
Here's the blurb from Amazon:
"Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted."
Cora's story (indeed, the stories of many of this book's characters) is a harrowing, heartbreaking one that I wouldn't have missed for the world. I read the audiobook version and the narrator was fabulous, which always adds to the experience of any book. There were so many highs and lows in this story, and I'm not sure I've ever rooted harder for a character in my life. As with any story that features slavery, it's a confronting one at times, but I think that's one of the most important things about it. I do hope you'll give it a read, if you haven't already!