The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It was chosen as an Oprah Book Club Pick, named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, People, NPR and is a #1 New York Times Bestseller. It beautifully depicts the life of a young slave, Cora, as she travels the Underground Railroad in search of freedom. The unique twist that Whitehead provides his reader is the imagining of the underground railroad as an actual railroad, a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the South.