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John Henry Days : a novel

Author: Colson Whitehead
Publisher: New York, New York : Anchor Books, 2002. ©2001
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First Anchor Books editionView all editions and formats
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E-journalist J. Sutter travels to West Virginia for the first John Henry Days celebration.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Named Person: John Henry, (Legendary character); John Henry, (Legendary character)
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Colson Whitehead
ISBN: 0385498209 9780385498203
OCLC Number: 49887042
Notes: "Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday, a division of Penguin Random House, LLC, New York, in 2001."--Title page verso.
Awards: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 2002 ; Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award, 2002.
Description: 389 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Prologue --
Part one: Terminal city --
Part two: Motor lodge nocturne --
Part three: On the effects of country air --
Part four: Steeldriving theory of life --
Part five: Adding verses.
Responsibility: Colson Whitehead.

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E-journalist J. Sutter travels to West Virginia for the first John Henry Days celebration.

Colson Whitehead's eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steel-driver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level it's the story of a disaffected, middle-aged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a high-velocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turn-of-the-century song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laugh-out-loud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.

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