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John Henry Days

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ISBN: 9780385498203
format: Trade paperback
pages: 400
publisher: Anchor
pub. date: 2002-05-14

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From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys

Colson Whitehead's triumphant novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it's the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers.

John Henry Days
is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.

Look for Colson Whitehead's new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

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