The Nickel boys A novel

Colson Whitehead, 1969-

Book - 2019

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning 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.00As 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 to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his p...arents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black 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 the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."00In 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 onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.00The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions 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.

Saved in:
1 person waiting

1st Floor Show me where

FICTION/Whitehead, Colson, FICTION/Whitehea Colson
4 / 9 copies available

Bookmobile Fiction Show me where

FICTION/Whitehead, Colson
0 / 1 copies available
Location Call Number   Status
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehead, Colson Checked In
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehead, Colson Due Dec 20, 2021
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehead, Colson Withdrawn
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehead, Colson Due Nov 11, 2021
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Due Dec 13, 2021
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Due Dec 22, 2021
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Withdrawn
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Withdrawn
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Checked In
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Checked In
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Due Dec 17, 2021
1st Floor FICTION/Whitehea Colson Checked In
Bookmobile Fiction FICTION/Whitehead, Colson Bookmobile Storage
Subjects
Genres
Historical fiction
Bildungsromans
Published
New York : Doubleday [2019]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
213 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780385537070
9780345804341
9780385693967
Main Author
Colson Whitehead, 1969- (author)