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From the bestselling author of The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead's eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780385498203
ISBN-10: 0385498209
Format: Paperback / softback
(206mm x 131mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Anchor Books
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 14-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the National Book Award-winning author of The Underground Railroad. His other worls include The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

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