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Publisher Description

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this Pulitzer Prize-winning follow-up to The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
 
When 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. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’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 Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.
 
Based on the real story of a reform school 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 and “should further cement Whitehead as one of his generation's best" (Entertainment Weekly).

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GENRE
Fiction
NARRATOR
JJ
J.D. Jackson
LENGTH
06:46
hr min
RELEASED
2019
July 16
PUBLISHER
Random House Audio
LANGUAGE
EN
English
SIZE
284.8
MB

Customer Reviews

Oona2 ,

an experience

This reading was so incredibly detailed and rich. This is he first Colson Whitehead novel I've been exposed to and I'm obsessed with this author. I usually figure out the endings before hand but not this time and my jaw literally dropped. Listening was slightly difficult with jumping from the past to the present but easily discernible once you knew what to listen for. This audio book has hauntingly stayed with me.

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