The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) by Colson Whitehead audiobook

The Nickel Boys (Winner 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction): A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Read by JD Jackson , with  Colson Whitehead

Random House Audio 9780385537070
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In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling 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).  Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!

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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Winner of the Orwell Prize for Fiction

Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize

Winner of an Alex Award

Shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction

Finalist for the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction

Finalist for the 2020 Southern Book Prize for Fiction

Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narration

A Barack Obama Reading List Pick

An Entertainment Weekly Best Books of the Year selection

A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year selection

A Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year selection

An Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in African American Literature

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

A BookPage Top Pick for August in Historical Fiction

A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick

A Literary Hub Pick of the Best Reviewed Books This Week

In this Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times bestselling 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).  Look for Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, coming this September!

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

"Every chapter hits its marks…It is justice.” New York Times
“Stellar…heartbreaking…a beautiful, unforgettable young hero who walks right off the page and into your heart.” Newsday
“Again [Whitehead is] wrestling with American history’s reverberations.” O, The Oprah Magazine
“Magnificent…Whitehead’s prose is meticulous; he nimbly shifts between the 1960s and present day, creating a fully fleshed-out picture of violence and (in)justice.” BuzzFeed
“Whitehead’s brilliant examination of America’s history of violence is a stunning novel of impeccable language and startling insight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Whitehead’s novel displays its author’s facility with violent imagery and his skill at weaving narrative strands into an ingenious, if disquieting whole.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Whitehead’s magnetic characters exemplify stoicism and courage, and each supremely crafted scene smolders and flares with injustice and resistance, building to a staggering revelation.” Booklist (starred review)
“In an unvarnished performance, JD Jackson captures the inevitable aftermath of America’s buried legacy of racism and violence…Jackson’s deep, gravelly voice remains steady while navigating the often harsh narrative. However, when Elwood reflects on the words of Dr. King, Jackson transforms his voice to reflect their echoing impact and the stark contrast to the reality at hand. ” AudioFile

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, including The Underground Railroad, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller and won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He is a recipient of MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 6.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English