THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER AND OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB PICK'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, soon to be a TV series starring Ethan HawkeThe 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. ______________________'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 ReviewWhat 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).'