Deacon King Kong by James McBride audiobook

Deacon King Kong: A Novel

By James McBride
Read by Dominic Hoffman

Penguin Audio 9780593171837
14.09 Hours Unabridged
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The New York Times bestseller "Cracking...Terrific...Deeply felt, beautifully written, and profoundly humane." -The New York Times Book Review cover "Hilarious...A rich and vivid multicultural history." -Time Magazine From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, one of the most anticipated novels of the year: 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 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.

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Summary

New York Times bestseller

A BookPage Top Pick of the Month

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

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

The New York Times bestseller

"Cracking...Terrific...Deeply felt, beautifully written, and profoundly humane." -The New York Times Book Review cover

"Hilarious...A rich and vivid multicultural history." -Time Magazine

From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the bestselling modern classic The Color of Water, one of the most anticipated novels of the year: 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

McBride returns with an improbably hilarious tapestry of late ‘60s Brooklyn. Entertainment Weekly
“The prose radiates a kind of chain-reaction energy.” New Yorker
“Capturing humanity through satire and witticisms, 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
“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." New York Times Book Review
“A hilarious, pitch-perfect comedy set in the Brooklyn projects of the late 1960s.” Washington Post
A witty and hopeful tale. Huffington 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
Much is unpacked by the time the book reaches its lovely and heartfelt climax, as McBride shows what can happen when people set aside their differences. Highly recommended. Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
McBride has a flair for fashioning comedy whose buoyant outrageousness barely conceals both a steely command of big and small narrative elements and a river-deep supply of humane intelligence. An exuberant comic opera set to the music of life. Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
While historical fiction fans will appreciate the richly detailed approach to Brooklyn's grittiness, McBride's neighborhood saga ultimately sets a new standard for multidimensional fiction about people of color. Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
Deacon King Kong finds a literary master at work…a deeply meditative novel that leaves the reader swept up in a wave of concurrent and conflicting emotions. Deacon King Kong reaffirms James McBride’s position among the greatest American storytellers of our time. Bookpage
McBride populates the Cause [Houses] with characters who persevere with love and compassion for each other, unwavering faith in God and community, and lots of humor. Big-hearted and sprawling, Deacon King Kong cements McBride as a master storyteller. Shelf Awareness
McBride is an acknowledged master of high-resolution historical fiction, peppered with wit and insight. Goodreads

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