“Where is your bookmark?”
I have a bookmark in two novels. “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead was the highly anticipated novel after his Pulitzer Prize winning and National Book Award winning book, “The Underground Railroad.” Elwood Curtis is a young man, hardworker attributed by his loving grandmother, Harriet, and an avid listener of speeches by Martin Luther King, Jr, living in Tallahassee, FL. As the book is set during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, one mistake upends Elwood’s life. He is sent to the Nickel Academy, which is a horrifying reform school for delinquent boys, a full difference from the mission it portrays. Nickel Academy is based on a real reform school, affirming the horrors that occurred for generations.
I was able to immediately place myself in the novel. Its vivid and harrowing prose also has moments of joy and innocence.
I have another bookmark in the novel, “The Gilded Wolves” by Roshani Chokshi. It is about a luxurious hotel in late 1800’s Paris and an ancient artifact the hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie is set to inherit. Every sentence is splendid and gorgeous. I once again feel like I am basking in the story and illustrious ensemble of characters.