Join the conversation this month through Zoom to discuss THE NICKEL BOYS by Colson Whitehead.
Conversations Book Club features authors and characters from marginalized groups. We meet on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30PM through Zoom. Copies of the latest book are on display and available to check out at the Mount Pleasant Library.
New members: please register through Eventbrite and we’ll send you the Zoom link for the next meeting.
ABOUT THE BOOK
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).
WHAT WE’RE READING NEXT
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July 2021 - Vanishing Half by Britt Bennett
August 2021 - Begin Again by Eddie N. Glaude