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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 .45 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 every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird
and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit,
Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.


Author: James McBride
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 2020
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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 .45 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 every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird
and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit,
Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us.


Author: James McBride
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Publication Date: 2020