• Rating 4/5

Key takeaways

  • It’s gruesome to see how, even after formal laws prohibited slavery and other racist acts, the culture in the american south was still the same. The boys in the Nickel facilities were used as free labour for wealthy whites.
  • The book is fiction but there was one of these facilities where they found buried skeletons in Florida.


  • Harriet Johnson was a slight hummingbird of a woman who conducted herself in everything with furious purpose. If something was worth doing—working, eating, talking to another person—it was worth doing seriously or not at all. (Location 410)