Wednesday, September 30
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How might the speeches of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. have influenced the life of a boy growing up in Tallahassee, Florida, during the1960s? Colson Whitehead’s novel, The Nickel Boys, published in 2019 and now out in paperback, explores that question. The story brings to light the experiences of young men sentenced to time at a segregated reform school. The characters and their families are forever shaped by what happened to them there.
The Nickel Boys won the Pulitzer Prize and the Kirkus Prize for Fiction, was a New York Times Bestseller, and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Reviewer Maureen Corrigan said, “It’s a masterpiece squared, rooted in history and American mythology and, yet, painfully topical in its visions of justice and mercy erratically denied.”
April Herron will lead a discussion of the book on Wednesday, September 30, at 7:00 pm. Please note that, as per usual, you have all month to read the book. However, breaking with tradition, the gathering will take place this time on a Wednesday.
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