The Nickel Boys

The Nickel Boys is this month’s book selection in the Senior Pride Book Club. Two boys are unjustly sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. The book club is meeting virtually on November 18th from 2:00 to 3:30pm. Email us at for a Zoom invitation.

The Nickel Boys is a 2019 novel by American novelist Colson Whitehead. It is based on the real story of the Dozier School, a reform school in Florida that operated for 111 years and had its history exposed by a university’s investigation. It was named one of TIME’s best books of the decade. It is the follow-up to Whitehead’s 2016 novel The Underground Railroad, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The Nickel Boys won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Judges of the prize called the novel “a spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption.” It is Whitehead’s second win, making him the fourth writer in history to have won the prize for fiction twice. (Source: Wikipedia)

Senior Pride Book Club
Third Wednesday each month: 2-3:30 pm
For Zoom invitation: email