The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

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By (author) James McBride

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  • Publisher: Riverhead Books,U.S.
  • Format: Hardback | 422 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 239mm x 41mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 20 November 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1594486344
  • ISBN 13: 9781594486340
  • Edition: 1
  • Sales rank: 90,111

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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year Winner of the Morning News Tournament of Champions "A magnificent new novel by the best-selling author James McBride." -cover review of "The New York Times Book Review" "Outrageously entertaining." -"USA Today" "James McBride delivers another tour de force" -"Essence" "So imaginative, you'll race to the finish." "Wildly entertaining."--4-star "People" lead review "A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel." - "Washington Post" From the bestselling author of "The Color of Water "and "Song Yet Sung "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 1857, when the region is a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces. When John Brown, the legendary abolitionist, arrives in the area, an argument between Brown and Henry's master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave town--with Brown, who believes he's a girl. Over the ensuing months, Henry--whom Brown nicknames Little Onion--conceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at 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.

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Author information

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. McBride is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.

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2013 National Book Award Finalist for Fiction Praise for "The Good Lord Bird" "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" "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