English Alumni Book Group: Colson Whitehead, NICKEL BOYS (2019)

February 20, 2020
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Tawes 2123

Join us as we discuss Colson Whitehead's NICKEL BOYS (2019). Light supper served. Newcomers always welcome!

From the description on Amazon:

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. 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.


For more information contact: Karen Nelson (knelson@umd.edu)