I've been meaning to "read" this for quite some time, so I'm glad I finally got around to it! First, it was an Audible listen, read by Bahni Turpin who also read The Hate U Give, so it was a treat to hear her voice again. The story follows the life of Cora, a slave living on a Georgia plantation in the early 1800s. When Cora is convinced to escape by a fellow slave, we follow her north on what is more than a metaphor--the Underground Railroad in Whitehead's novel is truly a railroad hidden beneath the southern soil. It's heartbreaking as Cora, again and again, feels that she has achieved some freedom, only to have this sense of safety ripped away. Her nemesis is Ridgeway, a slave catcher who was unsuccessful in finding Cora's mother when she ran, and who now is obsessed with catching Cora and returning her to Georgia.
My only complaint is the ending--after a particularly shocking raid, Cora heads out on the railroad again, but after she finally emerges from this branch of the line, the book ends fairly abruptly. Other than that, I found The Underground Railroad to be a unique take on the slave narrative. Also, I'm counting this as "A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you" from the homepage book challenge.