Country United States of America
Publication date May 15, 2001
Originally published 15 May 2001
Preceded by The Intuitionist
Genres Historical drama, Novel
|Publisher Doubleday (HB) & Anchor Books (PB)|
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp (hardback edition)
Awards Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, New York Times 10 Best Books of the Year
Similar Colson Whitehead books, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award winners, Novels
John Henry Days is a 2001 novel by American author Colson Whitehead.
Building the railways that made America, John Henry died with a hammer in his hand moments after competing against a steam drill in a battle of endurance. The story of his death made him a legend. Over a century later, freelance journalist J. Sutter is sent to West Virginia to cover the launch of a new postage stamp at the first John Henry Days festival.