The Nickel Boys (Hardcover)
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"I’ve never had a book that I wanted to rush to the end of AND to keep going on forever until I read The Nickel Boys. Colson Whitehead’s elegant gift for language takes a brutal tale and compels us to delve in with eyes wide open. Set at a reform school in the Jim-Crow era south, this is the story of two teens-one full of idealism, one of skepticism-and how they managed to make their way. Based on actual historical records of a Florida reform school, graves and stories survive to show both the abuse and murder of the African- American boys in their charge. With The Nickel Boys, Whitehead manages to take a tale of horror and create a true work of art."
August 2019 Indie Next List
“With every book, Colson Whitehead proves his ever-growing genius. He’s a master of the written word and truly one of the greatest living American novelists of our time. I didn’t think it was possible for him to write something better than Underground Railroad, but he most certainly has — The Nickel Boys grabbed me at page one. It’s a mystery and a thriller, a treatise on race and social injustice, and a literary masterpiece all rolled into one. Ellwood and Turner are characters that will stay with me forever. This should be mandatory reading in every classroom.”
— Michelle Malonzo, Changing Hands, Tempe, AZ
Winter 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“The Nickel Boys is more proof that Colson Whitehead is an essential American author. Based on the true story of Florida’s infamous Dozier School for Boys, in The Nickel Boys, Whitehead continues his reckoning with the violence endured by African Americans, which he began with The Underground Railroad. The Nickel Boys is a bare, unvarnished, and unblinking coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and an all-too-real horror from our nation’s history. It’s a story that must be told by the only writer who can tell it.”
— Keaton Patterson, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX