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 to heart He is as good as anyone Abandoned by his parents, 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 in 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 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 Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and 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 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.Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative. Download The Nickel Boys Author Colson Whitehead – cricketworldcuplivestreaming.com
I m the author of the novelsZone OneSag HarborThe Intuitionist, a finalist for the PEN Hemingway award John Henry Days, which won the Young Lions Fiction Award, the Anisfield Wolf Book Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and Apex Hides the Hurt, winner of the PEN Oakland Award I ve also written a book of essays about my home town, The Colossus of New York, and a non fiction account of the 2011 World Series of Poker called The Noble Hustle A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship, I live in New York City.My latest book, The Underground Railroad, is an Oprah s Book Club pick.
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