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The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZEONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEARTime,ŒæEsquire,ŒæThe Washington Post,ŒæThe Guardian,ŒæSlate, NPR,ŒæEntertainment Weekly,ŒæVox,ŒæVariety,ŒæChristian Science Monitor,ŒæThe Minneapolis Star Tribune,ŒæTheŒæDallas Morning News,ŒæLiterary Hub, BuzzFeed, The New York Public LibraryNEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERNATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALISTONE OF TIME MAGAZINE'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE DECADEWINNER OF THE KIRKUS PRIZELONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARDLONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020ŒæIn this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award-winning #1ŒæNew York TimesŒæbestsellerŒæThe 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.ŒæWhen 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. Elwoodä_s only salvation is his friendship with fellow äóìdelinquentä_ Turner, which deepens despite Turnerä_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 Elwoodä_s ideals and Turnerä_s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.ŒæBased on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children,ŒæThe Nickel BoysŒæis a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

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