The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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Follows the experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385537087
0385537085
Characteristics: 1 online resource (213 pages)
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SJPLDfournier Nov 10, 2019

Travel back in time and see inside a dark establishment that managed to "rehabilitate" children for 111 years. The characters here and story line are fictitious. But the reality may have been far worse.


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njon38
Dec 05, 2019

So well written and so heartbreaking that it was hard to read. Based on a true story about the Dozier School for Boys in Fl.

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Reads_A_Lot
Nov 21, 2019

This is the 2nd book I’ve read by this author and once again I find myself in the minority of readers who find it underwhelming. The plot is based on fact and I expected to be torn apart emotionally over the terrible life the kids endured at this school. But I wasn’t. The flat writing style kept me distanced from the characters so that I didn’t feel drawn into their world or emotionally connected to them. I applaud the author for bringing this moment in history to the public eye, but the way it was told did not click with me.

SJPLDfournier Nov 10, 2019

Travel back in time and see inside a dark establishment that managed to "rehabilitate" children for 111 years. The characters here and story line are fictitious. But the reality may have been far worse.

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TCCL_Adult_Fiction
Oct 30, 2019

Such a great book!

Chapel_Hill_KrystalB Oct 28, 2019

This book is heart AND gut wrenching. Be prepared for many feelings. The story is solid, though, and really worth a read. I am still reeling from an unexpected turn of events. Just like Underground Railroad, this one sticks with you. Colson Whitehead… so good.

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bauerli1022
Oct 28, 2019

Excellent! Liked it better than Underground Railroad.

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Cooper8888
Oct 19, 2019

For Feb 18 Newcomers (Marie)

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YakkingYogini
Oct 07, 2019

African-American author of the recent Pulitzer Prize as well as the National Book Award for "The Underground Railroad" writes another novel about America's shameful past based on true events at a boys' reform school in 1960's (Jim Crow era) Florida. Colson Whitehead is an amazing writer! The horrifying events are written in such an understated way that it makes the horror even worse.

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Swannetje
Oct 02, 2019

Powerful . . . there are no 'reparations' for this sort of inhumanity

Read this after "The Underground Railroad" which I read but do not remember detail of . . . was recommended by BHObama

Should consider one of earlier novels? "Sag Harbor"?

STPL_Kerry Oct 01, 2019

WOW. This book evokes strong emotions - disbelief, anger, disgust, pity and hope to name a few. It is a haunting novel inspired by true events--I found it deeply moving and deeply disturbing. It was a hard read but an important one. The ending was unexpected and it threw me--I had a literal ache in my chest by the time I read the last page. This is without a doubt a must-read.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Sep 19, 2019

The more routine his days, the more unruly his nights. He woke after midnight, when the dormitory was dead, starting at imagined sounds -- footsteps at the threshold, leather slapping the ceiling. He squinted at the darkness--nothing. Then he was up for hours, in a spell, agitated by rickety thoughts and weakened by an ebbing of the spirit....In keeping his head down in his careful navigation so that he made it to lights-out without mishap, he fooled himself that he had prevailed. That he had outwitted Nickel because he got along and kept out of trouble. In fact he had been ruined. He was like one of those Negroes Dr. King spoke of in his letter from jail, so complacent and sleepy after years of oppression that they had adjusted to it and learned to sleep in it as their only bed. pg. 156

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