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Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong

Barack Obama Favourite Read & Oprah's Book Club Pick

by James McBride
Hardback
Publication Date: 03/11/2020
RRP  $39.99 $38.35
The New York Times bestseller and Oprah's Book Club Pick about community, race and religion from the National Book Award winner, James McBride

? CHOSEN BY BARACK OBAMA AS A FAVOURITE READ OF 2020
? NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK
? TOP TEN BOOKS OF 2020, NEW YORK TIMES

'Hilarious, pitch-perfect... one of the year's best novels.' The Washington Post

From the winner of a National Book Award and author of the bestselling memoir,The Color of Water, and The Good Lord Bird, a TV series starring Ethan Hawke

The year is 1969. In a housing project in south Brooklyn, a shambling old church deacon called Sportcoat shoots - for no apparent reason - the local drug-dealer who used to be part of the church's baseball team. The repercussions of that moment draw in the whole community, from Sportcoat's best friend - Hot Sausage - to the local Italian mobsters, the police (corrupt and otherwise), and the stalwart ladies of the Five Ends Baptist Church.

DEACON KING KONG is a book about a community under threat, about the ways people pull together in an age when the old rules are being rewritten. It is very funny in places, and heartbreaking in others. From a prize-winning storyteller, this New York Times bestseller shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, and that the communities we build are fragile but vital.
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'Deacon King Kong is deeply felt, beautifully written and profoundly humane; McBride's ability to inhabit his characters' foibled, all-too-human interiority helps transform a fine book into a great one' The New York Times Book Review

What Goodreads readers are saying-

***** 'Deacon King Kong is one of those novels whose brilliance sneaks up on you. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised by a book in a while.'

***** 'I do believe I just finished one of my all time favorite books. I loved every minute spent with Sportcoat and his community. A good old fashioned yarn shot through with truth, spirit, and humor. I LOVED it!'

***** 'This book was a balm for my soul, a portrait of a black church community circa 1969 with sweet characters (well, most of them), interconnections that stretch back decades, and a plot with more than one mystery at its heart.'

***** '"Deacon" has the texture of folk lore and fable mixed with the unexpected rhythms of jazz and the noisy streets of late 1960s Brooklyn.'

***** 'The ending was one of those where you clutch your heart and want to hug the book (or your Kindle).'
ISBN:
9780857527653
9780857527653
Category:
Contemporary fiction
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
03-11-2020
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
384
Dimensions (mm):
240x162x35mm
Weight:
0.61kg

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