Books by Colson Whitehead

Books by Colson Whitehead

In this guide, we will take a look at Colson Whitehead’s most popular books.

Colson Whitehead is an American author born in 1969 in New York City. He is the author of eight novels, including his 1999 debut work The Intuitionist. He has also written essays about the city and is a public speaker. His works have been featured in The Village Voice, where he worked after graduating from Harvard College, and have been recognized by Britannica.

Best Books by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the author of eight books, including The Intuitionist (1999), John Henry Days (2001), Apex Hides the Hurt (2006), Sag Harbor (2009), Zone One (2011), The Underground Railroad (2016) for which he won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction, The Nickel Boys (2019) and Harlem Shuffle (2021).


The Underground Railroad (Television Tie-in)

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The Underground Railroad is both a thrilling adventure novel about one woman’s fierce determination to escape the horrors of bondage and a poignant reflection on the past we all share. Author Colum Whitehead wonderfully recreates the specific terrors experienced by Black people prior to the Civil War. His story smoothly links the tale of America, from the cruel immigration of Africans through today’s unfulfilled promises.


The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)

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The Nickel Boys is a tragic, compelling story that exhibits a great American author at the pinnacle of his skills. The novel is based on the true story of a reform school that was in operation for 111 years and influenced the lives of thousands of pupils.


Harlem Shuffle

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The inventive plot of Harlem Shuffle takes place in a brilliantly reproduced New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a murder thriller disguised as a family tale, a humorous morality play, and a social novel about race and power. But, for the most part, it’s a delight to read, another brilliant work from Pulitzer Prize winner Colson Whitehead.

Colson Whitehead’s Awards

Colson Whitehead has won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, Carnegie Medal for Fiction, and Booker Prize. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction twice, first in 2017 for The Underground Railroad and again in 2020 for The Nickel Boys. He is one of only four authors to have achieved this feat. Here is a list of his 3 best books available for download with your free trial:

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