Oprah’s Book Club’s latest pick: “The Underground Railroad”
Ready for the next round of Oprah’s book club?
In a new collaboration with the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and O, The Oprah Magazine, “CBS This Morning” revealed that New York Times bestselling author Colson Whitehead’s new work, “The Underground Railroad,” would be the club’s next read.
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“Race is one of the things I write about… But slavery, I’ve avoided it for a long time. It seemed a very daunting subject,” Whitehead said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” “I first came up with the idea of the book 16 years ago. I was sitting on my couch, and I think a lot of people when they first hear about the Underground Railroad, when they’re a kid, they think it’s a literal subway, and then you hear about it’s not, and you’re sort of disappointed. So, I was thinking, what if the Underground Railroad actually was a literal railroad? And took it from there. That’s a premise, it’s not really a story, so I kept thinking about it. And I was thinking, what if every state are protagonists, goes through as he or she goes north, is a different state of American possibility? And so, it became sort of Gulliver’s travel type structure.”