John Henry Days

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John Henry Days
Cover of the first edition
First edition cover
Author Colson Whitehead
Country United States
Language English
Genre Historical fiction, Novel
Publisher Doubleday (HB) & Anchor Books (PB)
Publication date
May 15, 2001
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 400 pp (hardback edition)
ISBN ISBN 0-385-49819-5
Preceded by The Intuitionist
Followed by The Colossus of New York

John Henry Days is a 2001 Pulitzer Prize shortlisted novel[1] by African American author Colson Whitehead.

John Henry Days is a portrait of America. Through a patchwork of interweaving histories, Whitehead reveals how a nation creates its present through the stories it tells of its past.

Plot summary[edit]

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, J. Sutter, a freelance journalist and accomplished expense account abuser, is sent to West Virginia to cover the launch of a new postage stamp at the first 'John Henry Days' festival.

Publication details[edit]

  • Written by Colson Whitehead
  • First published: Fourth Estate, Great Britain, 2001

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