“The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Despite all the hype, a very powerful story of a black boy caught up in forces outside of his control in the early 1960s. The powerful twist at the end is a pretty effective gut punch too.
I grew up in a very multicultural area in Canada so reading these stories of cities segregated for Blacks and Whites seem like science fiction to me. I still enjoy learning about this chapter of America through these stories though, as they help give me a historical context to understand a bit better the tensions that they’re still having today.
If you skipped out on Whitehead’s excellent ““The Underground Railroad”” because you’ve read enough about the railroad in school, try this one. It’s only 224 pages long and is a very easy read. At it’s heart, it’s a story about two boys who are just trying to figure out how the world really works, and to find a way to survive.
PS the book cover is incredible too!
Rating: ★★★★★ Book #90 in my My 2019 Reading Challenge
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