A woman attempts to escape slavery in this astounding adult historical. Let’s review!
An account of a young woman escaping enslavement using an underground railroad system sounds like dystopian fiction. Only it’s not dystopian. Mr. Whitehead writes a poignant yet brutal portrayal of American slavery. Cora’s journey is stunning; her perseverance and defiance of the status quo utterly breathtaking.
Certain liberties are taken in regards to the actual underground railroad system, but they do not detract from the historical setting. The point-of-view shifts from Cora to secondary characters throughout the novel. Chapters are not traditional in nature, tending to run very long due to their unique nature. The audio book narrator is absolutely phenomenal, hitting the right notes and tones along the way.
tl;dr A harrowing tale of American slavery told from multiple perspectives. You will not want to miss this one.