The Good Lord Bird

James McBride (Author)
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Description

Soon to be a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke and Daveed Diggs

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong (an Oprah Book Club pick) and The Color of Water comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Brown's antislavery crusade--and who must pass as a girl to survive.

Henry Shackleford is a young slave living in the Kansas Territory in 1856--a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces--when legendary abolitionist John Brown arrives. When an argument between Brown and Henry's master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave town--along with Brown, who believes Henry to be a girl and his good luck charm.

Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity to stay alive. Eventually Brown sweeps him into the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859--one of the great catalysts for the Civil War. An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBride's meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Riverhead Books
Publish Date
August 05, 2014
Pages
458
Dimensions
5.1 X 1.1 X 7.9 inches | 0.75 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781594632785
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About the Author

Awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Obama, James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, the #1 bestselling 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. He is also the author of Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

Reviews

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction
Winner of the Morning News Tournament of Books

"A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride...a brilliant romp of a novel...McBride--with the same flair for historical mining, musicality of voice and outsize characterization that made his memoir, The Color of Water, an instant classic--pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain: evoking sheer glee with every page." --The New York Times Book Review

"You may know the story of John Brown's unsuccessful raid on Harpers Ferry, but author James McBride's retelling of the events leading up to it is so imaginative, you'll race to the finish."--NPR

"A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel by James McBride...There is something deeply humane in this [story], something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain. McBride's Little Onion -- a sparkling narrator who is sure to win new life on the silver screen -- leads us through history's dark corridors, suggesting that "truths" may actually lie elsewhere." --The Washington Post

"Wildly entertaining...From the author of The Color of Water, a rollicking saga about one of America's earliest abolitionists." --People (4 star review; "People Pick")

"McBride delivers another tour de force...A fascinating mix of history and mystery."--Essence

"A story that's difficult to put down."--Ebony

"Outrageously entertaining...The Good Lord Bird rockets toward its inevitable and, yes, knee-slapping conclusion. Never has mayhem been this much of a humdinger." --USA Today

"An impressively deep comedy...It's a view of the antebellum world refreshingly free of pieties, and full of questions about the capacity of human beings to act on their sense of right and wrong, about why the world is the way it is, and what any one of us can do to make it better. It's the rare comic novel that delves so deep." --Salon

"Both breezy and sharp, a rare combination outside of Twain. You should absolutely read it." --Kathryn Schulz, New York Magazine

"A superbly written novel....McBride...transcends history and makes it come alive."--The Chicago Tribune

"Absorbing and darkly funny."--The San Francisco Chronicle

"An irrepressibly fun read."--The Seattle Times

"As in Huck Finn, this novel comes in through the back door of history, telling you something you might not know by putting you in the heat of the action...It is a compelling story and an important one, told in a voice that is fresh and apolitical." --Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Exhilarating... McBride makes what could be a confusing tale clear and creates suspense even in a story whose end is well-known. Beneath the humor lies sympathy for Brown and all those whose lives were caught up with his." --Columbus Dispatch

"Outrageously funny, sad... McBride puts a human face on a nation at its most divided."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A sizzling historical novel that is an evocative escapade and a provocative pastiche of Larry McMurtry's salty western satires and William Styron's seminal insurrection masterpiece, The Confessions of Nat Turner." --Booklist (starred review)

"[The Good Lord Bird] recalls the broad humor and irony of Mark Twain." --Bloomberg News

"The Good Lord Bird is just so brilliant. It had everything I want in a novel and left me feeling both transported and transformed--the last book I remember loving so thoroughly was The Orphan Master's Son."--John Green (in judging the Morning News Tournament of Books)


"[McBride's] effervescent young narrator is pitch-perfect and wholly original."--Geraldine Brooks (in judging the Morning News Tournament of Books)

"For years we have waited for a response to William Styron's The Confessions of Nat Turner. So long, in fact, that we forgot we were waiting. The Good Lord Bird sings like a bird set free, with a voice that ought to join Huck Finn, the narrators of Toni Morrison's Jazz, and Junot Díaz's Oscar Wao as a voice which is here to tell us who we are in music so lovely we almost forget it was born in terrible pain. It's an alarmingly beautiful book."--John Freeman (in judging the Morning News Tournament of Books)