The Underground Railroad becomes a real train ride to freedom from Georgia through the Carolinas, Tennessee and Indiana, as Colson calls the reader aboard to vicariously experience the cruelty of slavery.
“What a world it is, Cora thought, that makes a living prison into your only haven. Was she out of bondage or in its web: how to describe the status of a runaway? Freedom was a thing that shifted as you looked at it, the way a forest is dense with trees up close but from outside, from the empty meadow, you see its true limits. Being free had nothing to do with chains or how much space you had.”