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John Henry Days Paperback – May 14, 2002

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“A narrative tour de force that astonishes on almost every page.” —Time

“Does what writing should do; it refreshes our sense of the world. . . . An ambitious, finely chiseled work.” —John Updike,
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John Henry Days is funny and wise and sumptuously written...compelling.” —Jonathan Franzen, The New York Times Book Review

“[Whitehead] takes on a multitude of issues with a rich and probing imagination.His reputation is likely to soar.”
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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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; Reprint edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 385 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0385498209
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0385498203
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.16 x 0.83 x 7.99 inches
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Colson Whitehead is the author eight novels and two works on non-fiction, including The Underground Railroad, which received the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal, the Heartland Prize, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Hurston-Wright Award, and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. The novel is being adapted by Barry Jenkins into a TV series for Amazon. Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys received the Pulitzer Prize, The Kirkus Prize, and the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction.

A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.

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