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Deacon King Kong by James McBride (Paperback, 2020)

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Deacon King Kong by James McBride

The 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.

About the Author

James McBride is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestsellers, The Color of Water and The Good Lord Bird, which is currently being made into a television series starring Ethan Hawke. A former reporter for The Washington Post and People magazine, McBride holds a Masters degree in journalism from Columbia University and a B.A. from Oberlin College. In 2015 he was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama.


Format: Paperback | 384 pages

Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3 x 2.7 | 568g

Publication Date: 04 Aug 2020

Publisher: Penguin Random House UK

Imprint: Transworld Publishers

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

Edition Number: 1

ISBN10: 0857527584

ISBN13: 9780857527585


Condition: Good

A book that has been read but is in good condition. Very minimal damage to the cover including very minor scuff marks and creasing along the edges, but no holes or tears. The majority of pages are undamaged with very minimal creasing but no tearing. No pencil underlining of text, no highlighting of text, no writing in margins. No missing pages.