One of America’s most exciting and original novelists and essayists, multi-award winning author Colson Whitehead cut his teeth writing fiction heavily influenced by science fiction. A Harvard graduate he started his career as a reviewer at the popular New York culture paper Village Voice before publishing his first novel, The Intuitionist, which was a finalist for the prestigious Pen/Hemingway Award. For more than a decade, Whitehead published acclaimed and award-winning books, including the novels, John Henry Days (which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), Apex Hides the Hurt, Zone One and non-fiction works The Colossus of New York and The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky & Death before rising to international fame with his 2016 masterpiece, The Underground Railroad.
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Author of The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boys sentenced to a hellish reform school in 1960s Florida.
Based on the history of a real reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped and destroyed the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative by a great American novelist whose work is essential to understanding the current reality of the United States.
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Based on an idea Whitehead conceived early in his career, The Underground Railroad blends fantasy and reality for a luminous story of runaway slaves in the antebellum South. ‘I didn’t think I could pull it off,’ the author commented in a Guardian interview. ‘I didn’t think I was a good enough writer… And then, a couple of years ago, I thought maybe the scary book is the one you’re supposed to be doing.’ Acclaimed worldwide, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, became a number one New York Times Bestseller and was Waterstones Book of the Month for July 2017. Colson Whitehead’s latest novel, The Nickel Boys, will be published in July 2019.