Colson Whitehead's acclaimed literary novel The Underground Railroad has been awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
The book envisions a past where the Underground Railroad was a literal railroad, operated by engineers and conductors, that transported slaves to freedom.
The novel follows an enslaved teenager named Cora, who braves a harrowing journey aboard the train.
The book won the 2016 National Book Award and was named an Oprah's Book Club pick.
Here are this year’s Pulitzer winners and finalists with bonus links:
- Winner: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Millions review)
- Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
- The Sport of Kings by C. E. Morgan
- Winner: Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
- In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker
- The Politics of Mourning: Death and Honor in Arlington National Cemetery by Micki McElya
- Winner: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson
- Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It by Larrie D. Ferreiro
- New England Bound: Slavery and Colonization in Early America by Wendy Warren
- Winner: The Return: Fathers, Sons and the Land in Between by Hisham Matar
- In the Darkroom by Susan Faludi
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (Millions review)
- Winner: Olio by Tyehimba Jess
- Collected Poems: 1950-2012 by Adrienne Rich
- XX: Poems for the Twentieth Century by Campbell McGrath