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What are the themes in The Nickel Boys?

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The Nickel Boys is a 2019 novel by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead. The novel is largely set in a brutal Florida reform school, and there are several major themes that he deals with in the book. As in his previous novel, The Underground Railroad, race and racism are at the forefront of the story. Much of the story is set during the Civil Rights era and is about the harsh, sometimes lethal, inequities of the period. The protagonist , Elwood Curtis, is...

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