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 NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead
Released: July 16, 2019

"There's something a tad more melodramatic in this book's conception (and resolution) than one expects from Whitehead, giving it a drugstore-paperback glossiness that enhances its blunt-edged impact."
The acclaimed author of The Underground Railroad (2016) follows up with a leaner, meaner saga of Deep South captivity set in the mid-20th century and fraught with horrors more chilling for being based on true-life atrocities. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank."
What if the metaphorical Underground Railroad had been an actual…underground railroad, complete with steam locomotive pulling a "dilapidated box car" along a subterranean nexus of steel tracks? Read full book review >
THE NOBLE HUSTLE by Colson Whitehead
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
Released: Oct. 18, 2011

"The latest from a generation of literary novelists who are erasing the distinction between art and pulp."
The zombie genre provides unlikely inspiration for the author's creative renewal. Read full book review >
SAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead
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
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 >
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
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
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 >