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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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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. 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 and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best' (Entertainment Weekly).

Look for Colson Whitehead’s bestselling new novel, Harlem Shuffle!

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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

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

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  • Cheryl Z.

    Such a sad look at our despicable history. It sickens me to think what goes on behind closed doors that we are unaware of and people turn a blind eye to. How many of these stories are out there?

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  • Anonymous

    Excellent. Informative. Horrorifyinly real

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  • Betty B.

    Great novel‼️

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  • Barbara M.

    Loved it Ending unexpected!

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  • Anonymous

    It is amazing how cruel people are to people of color. After all we all are people

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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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