John Henry Days
First edition cover
|Genre||Historical fiction, Novel|
|Publisher||Doubleday (HB) & Anchor Books (PB)|
|May 15, 2001|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
|Pages||400 pp (hardback edition)|
|Preceded by||The Intuitionist|
|Followed by||The Colossus of New York|
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.
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.
- Written by Colson Whitehead
- First published: Fourth Estate, Great Britain, 2001
Awards and nominations
- Shortlisted for the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
- 2002 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award for Honor Books
- Short listed for National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
- Short Listed for LA Times Book Prize
- New York Times Editor's Choice 2001
- Salon Book Award 2001
- Los Angeles Times Best of 2001
- Newsweek, The Best Fiction of 2001
- USA Today, Best Books of 2001
- The Village Voice, the Lit Parade, 2001
- Time Out (UK) Books of the Year
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