RavePloughshares... pummels the reader in a torrent of unrelenting sentences that are gripping and ghastly, forcing a critical look at society ... structurally poignant ... unveils the complexity and complications of living in a small town where people like their \'gossip served hot\' ... Translated with astute grit, rawness, and unsparing vulgarity ... Within the chaos that ensues, it’d be remiss to ignore the passion, if not love, that also runs through the novel ... Though the issues explored in Melchor’s stirring novel are undoubtedly specific to rural Mexico, and Mexico at large, they are far from unfamiliar to the rest of Latin America and the greater world ... It’s exactly this comfort in the grotesque, the casual nature of it, that is ultimately the most disturbing yet captivating aspect of the novel. A debut that dares you to put it down, Melchor’s Hurricane Season drowns its reader in ominous truth, accentuating real life through fiction.
RavePloughsharesPerry’s wholehearted and sincere letter to her sons is part of her rearing, one in which she learns, too, telling them \'. . . you teach me who you are much better than I teach you who I think you should be.\' And in that revelation, Perry achieves her task of feeding and nourishing her sons while allowing space for them to feed themselves. It is the manifestation of the love and dreams of a Black mother for her Black sons. It is the realization of the \'radical discipline of becoming.\'
PositiveColumbia JournalA novel of humble length, The Nickel Boys delivers devastating truths through the honesty and precision of Whitehead’s prose. Effortlessly weaving temporal narratives, Whitehead makes clear that even if you survive Nickel, freedom is not guaranteed ... What The Nickel Boys undoubtedly achieves is the voice it provides to a muted chorus of untold truths and histories that are waiting to sing, waiting to be heard.