The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead audiobook

The Nickel Boys: A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Read by J. D. Jackson

Random House Audio 9780385537070

Unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 07/16/2019

    ISBN: 9781984891372

  • Available on 07/16/2019

    ISBN: 9781984891372

Runtime: 6.77 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Literary Hub Pick of the Best Reviewed Books This Week

An Amazon Best Book of the Month

A July 2019 LibraryReads Pick

In this bravura follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize, and National Book Award-winning #1 New York Times bestseller The Underground Railroad, 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 of 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 onto 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 that 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 that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A gripping and brilliant novel…Whitehead is one of the most daring and gifted authors writing these days, and I will never miss one of his books.” Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times bestselling author
"A tense, nervy performance…The sentences plain and sturdy, oars cutting into water. Every chapter hits its marks…Whitehead has written novels of horror and apocalypse; nothing touches the grimness of the real stories he conveys here…It is justice.” New York Times
“Whitehead’s brilliant examination of America’s history of violence is a stunning novel of impeccable language and startling insight.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A leaner, meaner saga of Deep South captivity set in the mid-twentieth century and fraught with horrors more chilling for being based on true-life atrocities…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…YAs who can process explicit violence and fathom complex social and historical cues will be riveted by young Elwood and the horrors he faces.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Details

Details

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