Underground Airlines

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Underground Airlines Paperback – July 18, 2017
by Ben H. Winters

 

The bestselling book that asks the question: what would present-day America look like if the Civil War never happened?

New York Times bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, SlatePublishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-DispatchKirkus ReviewsAudioFile Magazine, and Amazon

A young black man calling himself Victor has struck a bargain with federal law enforcement, working as a bounty hunter for the US Marshall Service in exchange for his freedom. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states called "the Hard Four." On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right -- with the case file, with his work, and with the country itself.

As he works to infiltrate the local cell of a abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines, tracking Jackdaw through the back rooms of churches, empty parking garages, hotels, and medical offices, Victor believes he's hot on the trail. But his strange, increasingly uncanny pursuit is complicated by a boss who won't reveal the extraordinary stakes of Jackdaw's case, as well as by a heartbreaking young woman and her child -- who may be Victor's salvation.

Victor believes himself to be a good man doing bad work, unwilling to give up the freedom he has worked so hard to earn. But in pursuing Jackdaw, Victor discovers secrets at the core of the country's arrangement with the Hard Four, secrets the government will preserve at any cost.

Underground Airlines is a ground-breaking novel, a wickedly imaginative thriller, and a story of an America that is more like our own than we'd like to believe.

 

Editorial Reviews

 

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NOMINATED FOR THE BEST HARDCOVER NOVEL ITW THRILLER AWARD
 
A FINALIST FOR THE CHAUTAUQUA PRIZE
 
 
New York Times Bestseller; a Goodreads Choice finalist; named one of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, SlatePublishers Weekly, Hudson Bookseller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kirkus Reviews, AudioFile Magazine, and Amazon-

"This one kept me up at night and changed the way I saw the world once I was finished."
Ann PatchettTime

"This is one of the most thoughtful and inventive books I've read. Part alternate history and part detective novel, Underground Airlines couldn't be more timely or thrilling. It's a page-turner with a big mission: to warn against placing our history on a dusty shelf. On every page is the spirit of Faulkner's quote-The past is never dead. It's not even past. Here, Winters takes America's legacy as a slaveholding nation all the way to its logical and terrifying conclusion."―Attica Locke, Edgar Award-nominated author of Bluebird, Bluebird

"An extraordinary work of alternate history . . . Indisputably a winner"
Maureen CorriganNPR

"Underground Airlines is a masterful work of art with a gripping mystery at its most basic level. It's also a complex allegory woven throughout with sparking rich dialogue and multiple shades of awareness. Passengers, fasten your seat belts. The ride may be turbulent, but that's what makes it great."―Jen ForbusChristian Science Monitor

"A swift, smart, angry new novel . . . Its vibrant imagination never slackens. . . . As a feat of world-building, Underground Airlines is astonishing, immediately taking its place in the genre's very first rank."―Charles FinchUSA Today

"[Winters] paints a convincing picture of what fugitive life would look like in our own era... he wants to get us to see the past in the present-the innumerable ways that we still live in a world made by slavery."
Kathryn SchulzThe New Yorker

"An immersive thriller as well as a provocative alternative history, 'Underground Airlines' showcases a fully realized central character who believes his own disturbing past can be kept safely buried. But history has a way of bubbling to the surface of the present."
Jean ZimmermanNew York Times Book Review

"[A] striking work of speculative fiction . . . Winters creates a powerful and timely ethical framework for his fast-moving new thriller."
Jane CiabattariBBC

"Chilling"
Alexandra AlterNew York Times

 

About the Author

Ben H. Winters is the New York Times bestselling author of Underground AirlinesGolden State, and the Last Policeman trilogy. The second novel in the trilogy, Countdown City, was an NPR Best Book of 2013 and the winner of the Philip K. Dick award. The Last Policeman received the 2012 Edgar Award and was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by Amazon.com and Slate. Ben lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA.P346
 

Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mulholland Books; Reprint edition (July 18, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316261254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316261258
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces 
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