The Nickel Boys

By Whitehead, Colson

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9780385537070 9780385537087
Publisher
Doubleday


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Starred Review on March 29, 2019  |  Fiction

After rendering the long history of American racism in his slightly fantastical Pulitzer Prize-winning The Underground Railroad, Whitehead goes focused and grittily realistic as he relays one young man's fate in the 1960s at a reform school called the Nickel Academy, based on the Florida Industrial School for Boys, where a secret mass grave was found after its 2011 closure. Elwood Curtis's story embodies that of "an infinite brotherhood of broken boys" whose lives are forever destroyed by a place where sadistic bea...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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