Cora works on a slave on a cotton plantation, abandoned by her mother who escaped and left her behind. She too escapes, and the story follows her and those around her on her journey to obtain and keep freedom.
It’s a truly wonderful book. The concept of the Underground Railroad is one which I was familiar with, though only briefly, and was a little confused by the way that Whitehead gave this a sci-fi slant by having an actual steam train travelling through tunnels. However, once I got my brain around that, I loved it. It’s a super hard read, very graphic, with awful things happening, but that’s history. In a world with the rise of white supremacy, it’s extremely important that we recognise the horrors of the past and try to ensure these horrors don’t happen again.