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John Henry Days : a novel / Colson Whitehead.

Author/Creator:
Whitehead, Colson, 1969-
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication:
New York : Doubleday, ©2001.
Format/Description:
Book
389 pages ; 25 cm
Subjects:
Henry, John (Legendary character) -- Fiction.
African American journalists -- Fiction.
West Virginia -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Henry, John (Legendary character)
African American journalists.
Race relations.
Racism.
West Virginia.
Form/Genre:
Psychological fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Legends.
Fiction.
Psychological fiction.
Legends.
Psychological fiction.
Legends.
Summary:
E-journalist J. Sutter travels to West Virginia for the first John Henry Days celebration.
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.
Notes:
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award, 2002.
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards - Fiction, Winner, 2002
Other format:
Online version: Whitehead, Colson, 1969- John Henry Days.
ISBN:
0385498195
9780385498197
9780385498203
0385498209
OCLC:
44425402
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