The 40 Best Books of 2016

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The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
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The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)

Whitehead’s masterpiece is the best novel of the year, and one of the best novels about American slavery ever written. Winner of the 2016 National Book Award for fiction, Whitehead’s novel follows a pair of young escaped slaves trying to make their way to freedom via an underground locomotive, and the terrifying slave hunter on their trail.

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