Friday, July 24, 2009

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

Whitehead's first novel (and the only one I've read) takes place in an alternate New York City, where elevator inspection is an extremely serious and controversial issue. There are two opposing factions, the Empiricists and the Intuitionists, within the Department of Elevator Inspectors. At the heart of the story is Lila Mae, an Intuitionist, and the first black female elevator inspector in the history of the department. With shades of noir mystery, it is a strange and gripping story. Or so I remember. Maybe I ought to check out some of Whitehead's other novels.

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