The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

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Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist wowed critics and readers everywhere and marked the debut of an important American writer. This marvellously inventive, genre-bending, noir-inflected novel, set in the curious world of elevator inspection, portrays a universe parallel to our own, where matters of morality, politics, and race reveal unexpected ironies.

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COLSON WHITEHEAD is the author of the national best seller Sag Harbor and the novels The Intui tionist, John Henry Days, and Apex Hides the Hurt, as well as The Colossus of New York, a collection of essays. A recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a MacArthur Fellowship, he lives in New York City.
Published May 23, 2012 by Anchor. 273 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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Hoping to escape these distractions while proving herself innocent, Lila Mae goes “underground” and makes some dangerous discoveries about the ideas and the life of Intuitionism’s founder, James Fulton, a visionary known to have been working on a “black box” that would revolutionize elevator cons...

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To practice their art with liberty and joy.” This is pretty on the nose for Whitehead, and it’s no surprise that The Underground Railroad is the only one of his novels that could by any stretch of the imagination become just what it has: an Oprah’s Book Club pick.

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On the surface it's the story of Lila Mae Watson, the first black female elevator inspector, who, following a mysterious elevator accident, becomes the central figure in a raging feud between two schools of thought, the traditional Empiricists and the cutting-edge Intuitionists.

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