JAMES MCBRIDE IS BACK: Deacon King Kong is McBride’s first—and much-anticipated—novel since his 2013 National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, and it was worth the wait: This is a terrifically readable and deeply felt literary novel.
BRILLIANT STORYTELLING: In this novel, McBride shows once again that he is a master storyteller at the height of his powers: The characters, plot, and setting are all brilliantly realized and come together flawlessly.
A TRUE SLICE OF LIFE: McBride paints moving and human portraits of the African-American and Latino communities who struggled in Brooklyn during the 1960s as they confronted both systemic racism from their Italian and Irish neighbors as well as the infiltration of hard drugs like heroin and the violence that came with them.
A LOVE STORY, A MYSTERY, A GHOST STORY: A tender romance between characters? A priceless piece of art stolen during wartime and hidden for decades? The ghost of a departed loved one that returns? Deacon King Kong has all three and much more—all wrought in James McBride’s unparalleled prose.
STELLAR PRE-PUB REVIEWS: All of the pre-pub reviews for Deacon King Kong have been four-star raves, highlighting the book’s humor, humanity, and memorable characters.
Praise for DEACON KING KONG:
“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
“A hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy set in the Brooklyn projects of the late 1960s. This alone may qualify it as one of the year’s best novels. However, McBride . . . has constructed a story with a deeper meaning for those who choose to read beyond the plot, one that makes the work funnier, sweeter, and more profound.” —The Washington Post
“The sheer volume of invention in Deacon King Kong—on the level of both character . . . and language—commands awe. . . . And the sentences! The prose radiates a kind of chain-reaction energy.” —The New Yorker
“Readers of The Good Lord Bird will recognize shades of McBride’s hilarious dialogue and an attention to detail that reveal a complex local history. Capturing humanity through satire and witticisms, McBride draws everyday heroes . . . a rich and vivid multicultural history.” —Time
“With many plot twists and spellbinding scenes, Deacon King Kong becomes a partly comic but deeply poignant rumination on race and love. . . . The narrative flows seamlessly from buoyant and comical black jive to somber, pitch-perfect descriptions of the histories and hard lives of those doing the talking.” —Associated Press
“McBride returns with an improbably hilarious tapestry of late ’60s Brooklyn, and an eclectic group of individuals that bore witness to a fatal shooting.” —Entertainment Weekly
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