The Nickel Boys

Follows the experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men." In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy. Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven 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.

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The Nickel Boys
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Colson Whitehead
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-16 - Publisher: Doubleday

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. As the Civil Rights movement
The Nickel Boys
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: Colson Whitehead
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-07-16 - Publisher: Hachette UK

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTION 2020 Time #1 Novel of the Year 2019 'If greatness is excellence sustained over time, then without question, Whitehead is one of the greatest of his generation. In fact, figuring his age, acclaim, productivity and consistency, he is one of the greatest American
Nickel Boys
Language: fr
Pages: 258
Authors: Colson Whitehead
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-08 - Publisher:

Books about Nickel Boys
Book Journal
Language: en
Pages: 50
Authors: Vooyc Media
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-11-26 - Publisher:

A COMPANION JOURNAL! So you're reading "The Nickel Boys"! Great, because having a book journal with you will have its many benefits. In such a fast-past world, there's something to be said about actually keeping a book journal and writing on it. When you're reading a book, it isn't just
The Nickel Boys
Language: ja
Pages:
Authors: Colson Whitehead
Categories: Fiction
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-11-19 - Publisher:

Japanese edition of [The Nickel Boys] by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Author of [The Underground Railroad], Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida.

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