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The Nickel Boys (Hardcover)

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Colson Whitehead takes the shameful events of the past and forces us to examine them through a microscope. Such is the case with The Nickel Boys, and it’s hard to look. Being raised by his grandmother and getting ready to go to a local college, a young black boy, Elwood Curtis, is wrongly accused of a crime. He is sentenced to hell in the form of Nickel Academy. The psychological and physical abuse of Curtis and his fellow “students" was beyond anything I could imagine—something out of a Stephen King novel. Set in the 60’s, the novel drives home the fact that some things haven’t changed much, including the unfair suspicion and incarceration of young black men, our system of creating hardened criminals instead of rehabilitating them, and the public’s ability to turn a blind eye to injustice. This is an important, if difficult, read.

— Mamie

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



Product Details
ISBN: 9784152099785
ISBN-10: 415209978X
Publisher: Hayakawa Publishing
Publication Date: November 19th, 2020
Language: Japanese

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