"The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead

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45 Plymouth Ct

45 Plymouth Ct · Chula Vista, CA

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We'll be meeting at Emily's home to share our thoughts on the highly acclaimed new historical novel.

This will be a pot-luck, so please bring a favorite summer dish or drink to share. From 1:30-2:00 we socialize and share food. At 2:00, we'll dig into the book.

To buy a copy, you can visit your library, Target, Walmart, Barnes and Nobel, or use this link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=the+nickel+boys&hvadid=78134120050587&hvbmt=bp&hvdev=c&hvqmt=p&tag=mh0b-20&ref=pd_sl_1m5bcwet9n_p

Whitehead is an incredibly skillful and innovative writer. If you like learning about history and issues of social justice through the lens of a novel, then you won't want miss this one.

Here's a summary from the New York Times:

Set in Jim Crow-era Florida in the 1960s, “The Nickel Boys” follows two black teenagers at a segregated reform school called Nickel Academy, which promises to provide “physical, intellectual and moral training” to young delinquents. One boy, Elwood Curtis, is a straight-A student who’s on track to enroll in a local black college, but instead ends up at Nickel Academy after a miscarriage of justice. Confronted with the horrors of the school, where students are beaten and sexually abused, Elwood focuses on the message of Martin Luther King Jr., and tries to respond to hatred and injustice with love. His friend Turner, a street-savvy orphan, thinks Elwood’s idealism is misguided and hopelessly naïve. Their diverging views drive the plot, leading to a decision that has profound consequences.