The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead


Based on the true story of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Florida, The Nickel Boys follows Elwood Curtis, a Black teenager galvanised by the civil rights movement and wrongly convicted of car theft, during his time at the Nickel Academy for Boys. At just over two hundred pages, this slight but compelling book speaks to racism, whiteness, masculinity, trauma, remembrance and forgetting while interrogating Martin Luther King Jr.'s call for African Americans to love their oppressors. Highly recommended.

- Jacob