Gut Punched: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Gut Punched: The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

A one-word review of “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead? Profound.

But why stop at one word when there are so many more to choose from? Devastating. Gut wrenching. Disturbing. Honest. Whitehead’s follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize-winning (and still on my bucket list) The Underground Railroad, takes its setting and storyline straight from the news — the Dozier School for Boys in Florida (Another good article here.). Set primarily in the early 60s, readers follow the story of Elwood Curtis, a confident, forward-thinking young black boy living with his grandmother until being in the wrong place at the wrong time lands him in Nickel Academy for a reformatory stint.

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