The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead is an unforgettable read. Set in Florida’s rigidly racist Jim Crow era, the very different characters of Turner and Elroy try and survive in a juvenile detention facility of unimaginable cruelty. It is based on the real story of an FL reform school. It is a sobering, brilliantly written book that shines a light on the racist world where so many struggled to survive. The things that happened to the nickel boys tragically echo down the generations as they struggle to come to terms with their horrific past.