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Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL) Book Club

Join the Friends of the Palm Springs Library (FOPSL) Book Club for a discussion of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead at 2:00 p.m. in The Learning Center (TLC).

The FOPSL Book Club meets on the third Friday of the month at 2:00 p.m. in The Learning Center at the Library, and is open to everyone. Members of the Club read the selected book for the month, then join in lively discussions. Click here to see a list of future selections for the FOPSL Book Club.


February 16, 2018

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead** 

The Underground Railroad

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

Winner of the National Book Award

#1 New York Times bestseller

Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is a magnificent tour de force chronicling 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. 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.

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. Cora and Caesar’s 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. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom.

Like the protagonist of Gulliver’s Travels, Cora encounters different worlds at each stage of her journey—hers is an odyssey through time as well as space. As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the unique terrors for black people in the pre–Civil War era, his narrative seamlessly weaves the saga of America from the brutal importation of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

** —This book is also available as a Downloadable Audiobook and/or eBook from PSPL. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD 

 

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