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  • The sheer volume of invention in Deacon King Kong commands awe...And the sentences! The prose radiates a kind of chain-reaction energy.

    NEW YORKER
  • Deacon King Kong is full of heart, humor, and compassion...I say we give him another National Book Award for this one. It's that good.

    NPR
  • Deacon King Kong reaffirms James McBride's position among the greatest American storytellers of our time.

    BOOKPAGE
  • Hilarious...A rich and vivid multicultural history.

    TIME
  • Perhaps you wouldn't expect your next great read to be a sort of comic opera set in a Brooklyn housing project circa 1969 starring a drink-addled church deacon named Sportcoat, his best friend Hot Sausage and a melancholic amateur gardener with mafia ties known as the Elephant. Best put on your seat belt, because McBride (The Good Lord Bird, Five-Carat Soul) will take you on a fast, funny, farcical ride.

    WASHINGTON POST
  • McBride is operating in the realm of social allegory, a lineage that extends back through generations of writers: Ralph Ellison, Terry Southern, Darius James. Like them, he telegraphs his intentions through the use — or better yet, the reinvention — of history, which as Deacon King Kong progresses becomes a kind of floating opera, touching but not always overlapping with events as they occurred.

    LA TIMES
  • Deacon King Kong cements McBride as a master storyteller.

    SHELF AWARENESS
  • Dazzling, spiritually rich.

    OPRAH magazine
  • Peopled with wondrously quirky and charismatic individuals...both hilarious and affecting, the patter a treat, and in wise, drunk, old Sportcoat James McBride has given us a character for the ages.

    BIG ISSUE

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