Paperback / softback $32.99 - Little, Brown Book Group
Fiction - Published: 16/Jul/2019 - ISBN: 9780708899434
In Nickel Boys Whitehead dramatises a strand of United States history, through the story of two boys sentenced to a stretch in a hellish reform school in Jim-Crow-era Florida. Elwood Curtis has taken the words of Dr Martin Luther King to heart: he is as good as anyone but given the time and the place, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy his future, and so Elwood arrives at The Nickel Academy. Stunned to find himself in this vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr King's ringing assertion, 'Throw us in jail, and we will still love you.' But Elwood's fellow inmate and new friend Turner thinks Elwood is naive and worse; the world is crooked, and the only way to survive is to emulate the cruelty and cynicism of their oppressors. A devastating story based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children.
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