John Henry Days

by Colson Whitehead

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  • 0307486672
  • 9780385498203
  • 9780307486677
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad

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.
  • Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group; June 2009
  • ISBN: 9780307486677
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  • Title: John Henry Days
  • Author: Colson Whitehead
  • Imprint: Anchor
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0307486672
  • 9780385498203
  • 9780307486677

In The Press

Praise for Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist:

"Magical... [The Intuitionist] ranks alongside Catch-22, V, The Bluest Eye, and other groundbreaking first novels... Whitehead shares Heller's sense of the absurd, Pynchon's operatic expansiveness, and Morrison's deconstruction of race and racism." —San Francisco Chronicle

"An homage to the power of a writer's imagination."
Boston Globe

"Whitehead's writing is dazzling."
USA Today

"The freshest racial allegory since Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye."
—Walter Kirn, Time

"Brilliant... Whitehead carves out an exclusive space for himself in America's literary canon."
Washington Post Book World

"Ingenious and starkly original."
New York Times Book Review

About The Author

Colson Whitehead is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of The Underground Railroad. His other works include The Noble HustleZone OneSag HarborThe IntuitionistJohn Henry DaysApex Hides the Hurt, and one collection of essays, The Colossus of New York. A National Book Award winner and a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0307486672
  • 9780385498203
  • 9780307486677