Alan Cheuse reviews The Intuitionist, by Colson Whitehead. Whitehead's first novel immediately leaves the realm of reality, telling the story of two rival schools of big-city elevator inspectors, vying for power over the control of the elevator inspectors guild. Lila Mae Watson is the nation's first black female elevator inspector, and she is caught in the middle. The story has deep undertones about race, business, and American dreams.



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