The Underground Railroad

9 of 10
The Underground Railroad
320 pages; Doubleday
This Oprah’s Book Club pick has a bold premise: What if the childhood notion of the Underground Railroad as an actual subterranean train and tracks were true? Whitehead has written inspired speculative fiction in earlier novels like The Intuitionist and Zone One; here his cunning conceit ripens into an odyssey of horror, anguish, and hope—the work of a writer at the peak of his powers.