The Nickel Boys: A Novel

The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead 0345804341 9780345804341
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - In this Pulitzer Prize-winning follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwoods only salvation is his friendship with fellow "delinquent" Turner, which deepens despite Turners conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwoods ideals and Turners skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers and "should further cement Whitehead as one of his generations best (Entertainment Weekly).

Look for Colson Whiteheads bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

Author: Colson Whitehead

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Anchor

Publication Date: 2020-06-30


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