The Rib King by Ladee Hubbard audiobook

The Rib King: A Novel

By Ladee Hubbard
Read by Korey Jackson  and Adenrele Ojo

HarperAudio, HarperCollins 9780062979063

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 01/19/2021

    ISBN: 9781799947677

  • Available on 01/19/2021

    ISBN: 9781799947660

  • Available on 01/19/2021

    ISBN: 9781799947684

Runtime: 10.14 Hours
Category: Fiction/Historical
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

“Ladee Hubbard’s voice is a welcome original.” —Mary Gaitskill

Upstairs, Downstairs meets Parasite: The acclaimed author of The Talented Ribkins deconstructs painful African American stereotypes and offers a fresh and searing critique on race, class, privilege, ambition, exploitation, and the seeds of rage in America in this intricately woven and masterfully executed historical novel, set in early the twentieth century that centers around the black servants of a down-on-its heels upper-class white family.

For fifteen years August Sitwell has worked for the Barclays, a well-to-do white family who plucked him from an orphan asylum and gave him a job. The groundskeeper is part of the household’s all-black staff, along with “Miss Mamie,” the talented cook, pretty new maid Jennie Williams, and three young kitchen apprentices—the latest orphan boys Mr. Barclay has taken in to "civilize" boys like August.

But the Barclays fortunes have fallen, and their money is almost gone. When a prospective business associate proposes selling Miss Mamie’s delicious rib sauce to local markets under the brand name “The Rib King”—using a caricature of a wildly grinning August on the label—Mr. Barclay, desperate for cash, agrees. Yet neither Miss Mamie nor August will see a dime. Humiliated, August grows increasingly distraught, his anger building to a rage that explodes in shocking tragedy. 

Elegantly written and exhaustively researched, The Rib King is an unsparing examination of America’s fascination with black iconography and exploitation that redefines African American stereotypes in literature. In this powerful, disturbing, and timely novel, Ladee Hubbard reveals who people actually are, and most importantly, who and what they are not.

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Author Bio: Ladee Hubbard

Author Bio: Ladee Hubbard

Ladee Hubbard is the winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for the Short Story. She lives in New Orleans. The Talented Ribkins is her first novel.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 10.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English