This National Book Award winner commanded my attention from the first page, in spite of my privileged reluctance to read another book about the atrocities of slavery in the Civil War era, with all the implicit and explicit parallels to current times. Colson Whitehead is a compelling and engaging writer. My brain is still processing it, but it Is, in spite of—or because of—the subject matter, ultimately about resilience and the determination to pursue the dream of freedom. It’s a fairly quick read at 306 pages, and because of the engrossing writing style, those pages will fly by unless you, like me, stop to re-read some beautiful sentences and mind-stuttering reveals. I cannot recommend The Underground Railroad highly enough.