Cora’s desperate race to freedom is also complicated by the vicious slave catcher, Ridgeway. After failing to find Cora’s escaped mother, Ridgeway is relentless in his pursuit of young Cora and unfeeling for those who stand in his way. Cora meets many fellow escapees and a number of white men and women who offer varying degrees of help or hindrance on her journey, each with complex motivations and backgrounds. By rearranging the past, Cora’s journey in The Underground Railroad is able to provide a thoughtful condemnation of not just slavery itself, but the whole of America’s checkered racial past.
The Book Buzz Book Club will be discussing this novel at the Cumming Library on Thursday, February 9. We’d love to have you drop in and talk about it with your fellow readers.
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