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Contact us at editors time. In this reimagining of American history, the Underground Railroad is a literal one. After Cora, a slave on a Georgia plantation, is beaten and raped by her master, she flees north, encountering more peril along the way. Get it now. Four young women growing up in s Brooklyn deal with racism, sexual assault, poverty, grief and other traumas.
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As the narrative suggests, nothing recovers from a bomb: not our humanity, not our politics, not even our faith. Propelled by a vision that is savage, brutal and relentless, McGuire relates the tale of an opium-addicted 19th-century Irish surgeon who encounters a vicious psychopath on board an Arctic-bound whaling ship. With grim, jagged lyricism, McGuire describes violence with unsparing color and even relish while suggesting a path forward for historical fiction. Picture a meeting between Joseph Conrad and Cormac McCarthy in some run-down port as they offer each other a long, sour nod of recognition. Inspired by the notebooks and reminiscences of his grandfather, a painter who served in the Belgian Army in World War I, Hertmans writes with an eloquence reminiscent of W. Sebald as he explores the places where narrative authority, invention and speculation flow together.
With so many lists out there, who has time to read all of them? Turns out: We do. Big-hearted and deeply researched, this memoir illustrates how deciding who we are is seldom as simple as we think. This slim volume answers those questions and more — not with tea-mug bromides on bravery or dry medical jargon, but with fierce, tender honesty and almost unimaginable grace. Gripping storytelling and scrupulous research undergird this outstanding ethnographic study in which [Matthew] Desmond… explores the impact of eviction on poor families in Milwaukee, Wis. Perfectly drawn characters and interlocking stories and voices allow readers to live in the text. Honorable Mention
These are the novels and short story collections that we absolutely loved in Ranked in no particular order. Winner of a National Book Award, The Underground Railroad is the story of Cora, a slave who escapes via the Underground Railroad, which is rendered as an actual railroad system. Through its brilliant visions of a past both ours and not quite ours, The Underground Railroad depicts America's horrifying history with a devastating clarity. Find it here. Follow Colson Whitehead on Twitter.