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Author: Whitehead, Colson

Color: Red

Number Of Pages: 224

EAN: 9780385693967

Release Date: 16-07-2019

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for FictionWinner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for FictionFinalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle AwardFinalist for the 2021 DUBLIN Literary AwardsLonglisted for the 2019 National Book AwardsLonglisted for the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political FictionIn this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize–and National Book Award–winning #1 New York Times bestseller The 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.   As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grand-mother, Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual, and moral training" so that the delinquent boys in its charge can become "honorable and honest men."   In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks that Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.   The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision with repercussions that will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.   Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida 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. Review WINNER OF THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE FOR FICTIONLONGLISTED FOR THE 2019 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDSWINNER OF THE 2019 KIRKUS PRIZE FOR FICTION NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALISTLONGLISTED FOR THE ORWELL PRIZE FOR POLITICAL FICTION 2020 SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2021 DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERA NEW YORK TIMES AND WASHINGTON POST NOTABLE BOOK OF 2019 NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY The Globe and Mail • CBC • TIME • Entertainment Weekly • The Guardian • Esquire • Variety • USA Today • NPR • Kirkus Revews • NOW • Buzzfeed • Slate • Vox • BBC • Chicago Tribune • Publishers Weekly • Kirkus Reviews • Library Journal • Literary Hub • Financial Times • Town & Country • Parade • AV Club • PureWow • E! News • Paste A PENGUIN BOOK CLUB PICK " A necessary read." —President Barack Obama "This is a powerful book by one of America's great writers. . . . Without sentimentality, in as intense and finely crafted a book as you'll ever read, Whitehead tells a story of American history that won’t allow you to see the country in the same way again." — Toronto Star " Colson Whitehead continues to make a classic American genre his own . . . . The narration is disciplined and the sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into water. Every chapter hits its marks. . . . Whitehead comports himself with gravity and care, the steward of painful, suppressed histories; his choices on the page can feel as much ethical as aesthetic. The ordinary language, the clear pane of his prose, lets the stories speak for themselves. .

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