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‘The Nickel Boys’ reckons with a legacy of racism and abuse

Author Colson Whitehead set aside another novel he was working on to write a story he felt driven to tell. He was prompted by 2014 news reports of a recently discovered cemetery on the grounds of the Dozier School for Boys, in Marianna, Florida. Whitehead tried to make sense of the horrid disclosures. The outcome of this effort is his latest novel, “The Nickel Boys.”

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