Author Colson Whitehead’s “The Nickel Boys,” a book about a brutal reform school for black boys in the Jim Crow South, on Monday won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
It is the second time in three years, Whitehead has won this prestigious literary award for fiction.
In 2017, he won the Pulitzer for “The Underground Railroad,” which takes place during the Civil War.
William Faulkner and John Updike have won more than one Pulitzer but not for books that immediately followed each other.
“The Nickel Boys” is based on a real school for boys that closed in Florida in 2011 after more than one hundred years.
Set in the 1960s, “The Nickel Boys” is a portrayal of racism and inequality.
The Pulitzer ceremony was scheduled for April 20 but because of the coronavirus, it was rescheduled to give board members more time evaluate the finalists.