Deacon King Kong

James McBride


A hilarious and affecting novel set in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York



ISBN: 9780857527585


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND OPRAH’S BOOK CLUB PICK CHOSEN BY BARACK OBAMA AS A FAVOURITE READ TOP TEN BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NEW YORK TIMES & WASHINGTON POST’Brilliantly imagined, larger than life, a tragicomedic epic of intertwined lives set in a vividly rendered neighbourhood in Brooklyn in the 1960s.’ JOYCE CAROL OATES’Deeply felt, beautifully written and profoundly humane.’ JUNOT DIAZ, New York Times Book ReviewThe 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. ______________________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’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.’ The Washington PostWhat 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).’

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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm