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ISBN-10: 0385498209
ISBN-13: 9780385498203
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 05/14/2002
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.16" W, 0.83" H

John Henry Days

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Price: $16.95

Overview

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 bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

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Reviews
"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, The New Yorker

"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." Ishmael Reed, The Washington Post Book World

"A feast for famished readers." –Newsweek

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Details

ISBN-10: 0385498209
ISBN-13: 9780385498203
Publisher: Anchor Books
Publish Date: 05/14/2002
Dimensions: 8.10" L, 5.16" W, 0.83" H
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