It is rare that a book lives up to the hype preceding its publication, but Colson Whitehead can. This book is not light and it is not easy. It forces you to confront the harsh realities of slavery and racism that are easy to forget and glaze over as time passes. But it is also not a historical account of The Underground Railroad. Instead this book utilizes the main character, Cora, to describe the crimes of our past, disrupt our views of history, and highlight the struggle that black people in America have to truly gain freedom. Your heart will be broken by this book, but it will be worth it.
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