Colson Whiteheadyes'>#8217;s eagerly awaited and triumphantly acclaimed new novel is on one level a multifaceted retelling of the story of John Henry, the black steeldriver who died outracing a machine designed to replace him. On another level ityes'>#8217;s the story of a disaffected, middleaged black journalist on a mission to set a record for junketeering who attends the annual John Henry Days festival. It is also a highvelocity thrill ride through the tunnel where American legend gives way to American pop culture, replete with p. r. flacks, stamp collectors, blues men , and turnofthecentury song pluggers. John Henry Days is an acrobatic, intellectually dazzling, and laughoutloud funny book that will be read and talked about for years to come.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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