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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad combines elements of historical fiction and magic realism to tell the story of Cora, a girl enslaved on a Georgia plantation who runs away in search of freedom. Whitehead’s book explores multiple aspects of systemic racism in America in the 19th century. A New York Times bestseller and Oprah’s Book Club pick, in 2021 The Underground Railroad was adapted into a critically-acclaimed Amazon Prime miniseries directed by Barry Jenkins.

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