I’ve been going on about Colson Whitehead’s Nickel Boys being the best book released in 2019 for a while now, but today the 2020 Pulitzer winners were announced, and it’s been awarded the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (see the full list of Pulitzer winners).
If you’re looking for a quick but intense read, I really do recommend this book very strongly. If you read my reviews, I try to come up with some criticisms of every book I read, just to help people decide whether or not they might like a book. The Nickel Boys is one of the small handful of books where I really couldn’t come up with any fair criticisms worth saying.
Plus, it’s short, and I’ve pretty much had it with authors needlessly indulging in 400+ page tomes which seems to be the trend nowadays. Here’s my full review if you’re interested.
The other finalists for the Fiction prize were:
The Dutch House, by Ann Patchett (Harper)
The Topeka School, by Ben Lerner (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
I didn’t read The Topeka School (maybe I’ll read it later), but I liked The Dutch House (my review here). I thought it was a solid book and recommended it to a few friends, but I definitely still agree with The Nickel Boys being the clear winner this year.
Are you planning on reading any of these books? See the Nickel Boys on Amazon.