Fleet has acquired a new novel from Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad: a "wrenching, thrilling" novel about slavery in the antebellum American South.
The plot follows Cora, a young slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia, whose mother ran away when she was small. Now, as Cora approaches womanhood, she knows that she too must escape and head for the North. The Underground Railroad is pitched as both the story of its protagonist's "ferocious will to free herself from the horrors of bondage" and "a shattering and powerful meditation on history".
Ursula Doyle bought British Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein. The Underground Railroad will be Fleet’s lead title for 2017, publishing in hardback in February 2017.
Whitehead, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, is the New York Times bestselling author behind novels Zone One, Sag Harbor and The Intuitionist.