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The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel

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Colson Whitehead, Jd Jackson

6 Hours 46 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

July 2019

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR
Time, Esquire, The Washington Post, The Guardian, Slate, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Vox, Variety, Christian Science Monitor, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, Literary Hub, BuzzFeed, The New York Public Library

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

ONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADE

WINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZE

LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD

LONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020 

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.
 
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. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s 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 Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s 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.

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  • Anonymous

    This book is a gift to readers. It is brilliant. Maybe the great novel of the 21st C.

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  • Anonymous

    Well done both in the writing and narration

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  • Veronica M.

    I’ve listened to this read twice so far. The narrator voice is well toned.

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  • Anonymous

    American social history,the dark side enjoyment isn’t a word used to describe it but I’m glad I heard it

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  • Anonymous

    Other than the one clever twist, I was bored. Depressing story...but not all that interesting. Narrator was very good.

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  • Linda M.

    Simplistic and overrated. The narrator’s lack of expression did nothing to help it. Listened to a couple of hours of it and stopped.

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  • Anonymous

    Great book to listen to...loved the story and narration!

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  • Catherine H.

    A moving book, from the depth of cruelty to hope and inspiration. I loved this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Great listen

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  • Anonymous

    Excellent

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