The Nickel Boys is Colson Whitehead’s second Pulitzer Prize for fiction: “A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida that is ultimately a powerful tale of human perseverance, dignity and redemption”. Whitehead won for Underground Railroad in 2017, a rare achievement and honour to win the prestigious prize twice.
Other 2020 Pulitzer winners are Sweet Taste of Liberty: a True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America by W. Caleb McDaniel for the history category, and Sontag: Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser for biography. The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America by Greg Grandin won for general nonfiction. For a complete list of winners see the Pulitzer website: