April 22nd, 2017 by Goshen Public Library Leave a reply »

Underground AirlinesThis novel takes place in present day America except for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.

“Victor”, a young black man, is acting as a bounty hunter for the US Marshal Service returning runaway slaves from the Hard Four, the places that slavery is allowed to exist: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Carolina [North and South Carolina are only one large state.

Victor suppresses the memories of his childhood on a plantation and works to infiltrate the abolitionist movement called the Underground Airlines.  A figure of speech: it’s the root of a grand, extended metaphor, “pilots”, “stewards”, “baggage handlers”, “gate agents” “connecting flights” and “airport security”.  The Airlines flies on the ground, in package trucks,unmarked cars and stolen tractor-trailers.  It flies in the illicit adjustment on packing slips, bribery of border security agents…

A rich novel of a terrifyingly alternate America.  Everything is possible.

GPL: F Winters

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