Books by Colson Whitehead

COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the novels The Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and John Henry Days, which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Young Lions Fiction Award and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle A


THE NOBLE HUSTLE by Colson Whitehead
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 6, 2014

"A minor work by a major novelist, a busman's holiday, but engaging in its color and character."
An assignment to compete in the World Series of Poker allows the author to meditate on his identity, failings, writing, appetite for beef jerky and challenge to make the leap from decent house player to high-stakes pro gambler. Read full book review >
ZONE ONE by Colson Whitehead
THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

The zombie genre provides unlikely inspiration for the author's creative renewal.

Whitehead (Sag Harbor, 2009, etc.) never writes the same book twice, though his eclectic output had fallen short of the promise he flashed in his early novels (The Intuitionist, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

SAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 2009

"Not as thematically ambitious as Whitehead's earlier work, but a whole lot of fun to read."
Another surprise from an author who never writes the same novel twice. Read full book review >
APEX HIDES THE HURT by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2006

"While making no attempt at depth of characterization, Whitehead audaciously blurs the line between social realism and fabulist satire."
Cultural insight, conceptual ingenuity and cutting-edge humor distinguish the third novel by a New York writer who never fails to engage and intrigue. Read full book review >
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"Poetry in paragraphs."
As ebullient as Walt Whitman and as succinct as Emily Dickinson, a young novelist (John Henry Days, 2001, etc.) looses his five senses on his native New York City—and allows the sixth some play, as well. Read full book review >
JOHN HENRY DAYS by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2001

"Thoughtful, amusing tale-spinning with, one imagines, serious film potential."
Whitehead, author of the acclaimed Intuitionist (1998), returns with a hilarious, heart-tugging take on the evolution of the American folk hero John Henry—and on the theme of inevitability, or the power of fate. Read full book review >
THE INTUITIONIST by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 29, 1998

A dizzyingly-high-concept debut of genuine originality, despite its indebtedness to a specific source, ironically echoes and amusingly inverts Ralph Ellison's classic Invisible Man. Read full book review >