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"The Nickel Boys" is Whitehead's latest novel and tells the story of Elwood Curtis, a young man sent to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy. The "academy" is anything but, and as GoodReads puts it, is a "grotesque chamber of horrors." Based on an actual reform school in Florida, Whitehead highlights true atrocities in American history. 

As one reviewer explains of "The Nickel Boys": 

The most brilliant thing about this novel is the writing and plot structure. Unlike many historical fiction novels, or novels based on true events, Whitehead doesn't spend hundreds of pages building up his setting, or dumping information on the reader. He goes straight into the horrific depths of the story, constructing a novel that shows incredible restraint and nuance. It is the ending that elevated this book from being great to being absolutely stellar and incredibly poignant! I was truly surprised by the revelations in the end, which totally clarified how brilliant and important the non-linear structure is for the story.
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"The Underground Railroad" follows Cora's escape from slavery in Georgia. In this novel, the Underground Railroad itself becomes literal. According to GoodReads

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil.

Cora risks everything to travel from state to state, and hers is a story readers will not soon forget. According to the New York Times' Michiko Kakutani:

One of the remarkable things about this novel is how Mr. Whitehead found an elastic voice that accommodates both brute realism and fablelike allegory, the plain-spoken and the poetic — a voice that enables him to convey the historical horrors of slavery with raw, shocking power. 
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