The Tuesday Afternoon Book Club read the Pulitzer Prize winning novel “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead and discussed the book at their March meeting.
Cora, a slave girl on a cotton plantation in Georgia, is an outcast, even among the other slaves on the plantation. She is determined to escape the brutal life. Cora and Caesar, another slave, run away with help of an underground railroad, a train in a tunnel dug deep underground. They travel North, first to South Carolina, staying one stop ahead of Ridgeway, a relentless slave hunter. After a short stay Cora is forced to flee again and she embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. The book traces her journey north.
Author Colson Whitehead recreates the unique terrors for black people in the pre- civil war south. “The Underground Railroad” is a historical work of fiction depicting one woman’s drive to escape the horrors of bondage.
The book is available at the LeRoy Public Library. Stop by soon to check out the selection of Historical Fiction as well as other books, audio books, and movies. They are open Monday – Thursday from 1-8 PM and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.