Colson Whitehead

Goodreads Author


Born
in New York City, New York, The United States
Website

Twitter

Genre

Member Since
August 2016


I'm the author of the novels Zone One; Sag Harbor; The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award; John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; and Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of the PEN Oakland Award. I've also written a book of essays about my home town, The Colossus of New York, and a non-fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker called The Noble Hustle. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, I live in New York City.

My latest book, The Underground Railroad, is an Oprah's Book Club pick.

To ask Colson Whitehead questions, please sign up.

Popular Answered Questions

Colson Whitehead Once I pay back my bookie, there won't be much left, I'm afraid. I got 'till midnight to come up with the dough, or else he's gonna break my legs :(
Colson Whitehead I freaked, and then felt glad that more people were going to hear about it, than I re-freaked anew. Still freaking, to be honest!
Average rating: 4.04 · 429,268 ratings · 43,224 reviews · 26 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Nickel Boys

4.29 avg rating — 100,016 ratings — published 2019 — 61 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Underground Railroad

4.03 avg rating — 278,361 ratings — published 2016 — 123 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Zone One

3.26 avg rating — 18,186 ratings — published 2011 — 35 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Intuitionist

3.67 avg rating — 9,394 ratings — published 1999 — 36 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Sag Harbor

3.47 avg rating — 6,357 ratings — published 2009 — 26 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
John Henry Days

3.66 avg rating — 2,307 ratings — published 2001 — 24 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Apex Hides the Hurt

3.47 avg rating — 2,156 ratings — published 2006 — 26 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Colossus of New York

3.71 avg rating — 2,010 ratings — published 2003 — 10 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Noble Hustle: Poker, Be...

3.34 avg rating — 1,971 ratings — published 2014 — 9 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Colson Whitehead Collection...

by
4.67 avg rating — 9 ratings
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Colson Whitehead…

Related News

February is African American History Month, which is the perfect opportunity to expand your reading horizons. Of course, there are the classic Am...
117 likes · 45 comments
Author, journalist, public intellectual, and (in recent years) comic book writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates is an Extremely Busy Person by any metric, and n...
99 likes · 31 comments
What's popular right now? Memoirs, books available on Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading, and the latest from big authors, including Colson Whit...
58 likes · 114 comments

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“And America, too, is a delusion, the grandest one of all. The white race believes--believes with all its heart--that it is their right to take the land. To kill Indians. Make war. Enslave their brothers. This nation shouldn't exist, if there is any justice in the world, for its foundations are murder, theft, and cruelty. Yet here we are.”
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

“We never see other people anyway, only the monsters we make of them.”
Colson Whitehead, Zone One

“Slavery is a sin when whites were put to the yoke, but not the African. All men are created equal, unless we decide you are not a man.”
Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad

Polls

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
100+ Books in 2020: Jennifer D's 2009 book list 51 367 Jan 04, 2010 07:32PM  
Literary Fiction ...: 2010 BCALA Literary Awards 1 33 Feb 26, 2010 11:50AM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. Summer Challenge 2010 Completed Tasks (do NOT delete any posts in this thread) 3059 3209 Aug 31, 2010 10:39PM  
The Seasonal Read...: Summer 2010 'Style' Completed Tasks 622 526 Sep 01, 2010 06:16AM  
75 Books...More o...: Pauline's 2010 reading list 116 125 Jan 01, 2011 07:10PM  



No comments have been added yet.