Deacon King Kong by James McBride audiobook

Deacon King Kong: A Novel

By James McBride
Read by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Audio 9780593171837

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9780593166970

  • ISBN: 9780593166970

Runtime: 14.09 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Finalist for the Kirkus Prize for Fiction

A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year

A New York Times Top 10 Book of the Year

A Washington Post Best Book of 2020

An Oprah’s Book Club Selection

BookPage Best Book of the Year

A New York Public Library Staff Pick for the Virtual Book Club

Amazon Best Book of the Month

From James McBride, a wise and witty tale about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting.

In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .38 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project’s drug dealer at point-blank range.

The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride’s funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood’s Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself.

As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters—caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York—overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion.

Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel with insight and wit that demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“An improbably hilarious tapestry of late ’60s Brooklyn.” Entertainment Weekly
“McBride draws everyday heroes…but he also depicts the vulnerability of men who show most of the world only their gruff exteriors, rendered with rare and memorable tenderness.” Time
“McBride’s ability to inhabit his characters’ foibled, all-too-human interiority helps transform a fine book into a great one.” New York Times Book Review
“A hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy set in the Brooklyn projects of the late 1960s.” Washington Post
“With many plot twists and spellbinding scenes, Deacon King Kong becomes a partly comic but deeply poignant rumination on race and love.” Associated Press
“This generous, achingly funny novel will delight and move readers. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Highly recommended.” Library Journal (starred review)
“An exuberant comic opera set to the music of life.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Sets a new standard for multidimensional fiction about people of color.” Booklist (starred review)

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Reviews

Author

Author Bio: James McBride

Author Bio: James McBride

James McBride is an accomplished musician and National Book Award–winning author of the American classic The Color of Water and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. A graduate of Oberlin College, he has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. He also holds several honorary doctorates and is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 14.09
Audience: Adult
Language: English