This historical novel, which won the Pulitzer Prize, tells the story of a black woman slave who used the Underground Railroad in a quest to find freedom. Surprisingly to me, in this book, an actual railroad comprises the Underground Railroad, whereas historically, the term described a system of routes and safe houses that slaves could use to get to relative safety. In this sense, the book is allegorical. Nonetheless, the descriptions of slavery and the terror that runaways necessarily must have felt ring true. Netflix has apparently agreed to create a series based on this book; I look forward to seeing it.

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