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"... a feverish love letter to New York City, people, and writing. The prose is relentless and McBride's storytelling skills shine as he drags readers at breakneck speed trough a plethora of lives, times, events, and conversations ... McBride's prose is shimmering and moving, a living thing that has its own rhythm, pulls you in from the first page and never lets go. His story focuses on the people that make the Big Apple what it is: the strange, the poor, the insane, the mobsters. He also showcases the city's wonderful diversity, filling his pages with Puerto Ricans, African Americans, Italians, and Irish folks. And all these many people get a turn in the spotlight." -NPR, https://www.npr.org/2020/03/07/809759063/fast-complex-and-funny-deacon-king-kong-is-a-love-letter-to-new-york-city
"Sportcoat is the vexatious heart of James McBride’s cracking new novel...like something out of Zora Neale Hurston updated by Paul Beatty ... Deacon King Kong is many things: a mystery novel, a crime novel, an urban farce, a portrait of a project community...Fortunately, it is also 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." -Junot Diaz, NYT, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/29/books/review/deacon-king-kong-james-mcbride.html
"James McBride’s vision of New York is one of overwhelming human profusion. His new novel, Deacon King Kong (Riverhead), set in what appears to be a fictionalized version of the Brooklyn housing project where McBride grew up, is crowded with characters whose backstories are crowded with more characters, all of their fates connected, in ways they know about and in ways they don’t. It’s a world where isolation seems like vanity; where one’s intimate business is usually, somehow, everyone else’s business, too; where even the attempted murder that begins the novel takes place in front of sixteen witnesses, many of whom know both shooter and victim personally." - New Yorker, https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/02/fate-and-fury-in-deacon-king-kong
* Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction
* Winner of the Gotham Book Prize
* One of Barack Obama's "Favorite Books of the Year"
* Named one of the Top Ten Books of the Year by the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly. and TIME Magazine
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Our contemporary short story discussion group is reading Best American Short Stories 2020, ed. Curtis Sittenfeld, one story every other Sunday. This week's story is "Howl Palace" by Leigh Newman.
Our contemporary short story discussion group is reading Best American Short Stories 2020, ed. Curtis Sittenfeld, one story every other Sunday. This week's story is "The Nine-Tailed Fox Explains" by Jane Pek.