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Language  English
ISBN  0-385-49819-5
Author  Colson Whitehead
Country  United States of America
3.6/5 Goodreads

Publication date  May 15, 2001
Originally published  15 May 2001
Preceded by  The Intuitionist
Genres  Historical drama, Novel
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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.

Contents

Plot summary

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.

Honors

  • Shortlisted for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
  • 2002 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award for Honor Books
  • Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
  • Shortlisted for Los Angeles Times Book Prize
  • References

    John Henry Days Wikipedia


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