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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

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Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

Winner of the Morning News Tournament of Books

“A brilliant romp of a novel…McBride…pulls off his portrait masterfully, like a modern-day Mark Twain.” —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 …There is something deeply humane in this [story], something akin to the work of Homer or Mark Twain.” —The Washington Post 

“Wildly entertaining… a rollicking saga about one of America’s earliest abolitionists.” —People
 
“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… rockets toward its inevitable and, yes, knee-slapping conclusion. Never has mayhem been this much of a humdinger.” —USA Today

“An impressively deep comedy.”—Salon “Both breezy and sharp, a rare combination outside of Twain. You should absolutely read it.” —New York Magazine

“Superbly written….McBride…transcends history and makes it come alive.” —The Chicago Tribune

“Absorbing and darkly funny.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“An irrepressibly fun read.” —The Seattle Times

The Good Lord Bird is just so brilliant. It had everything I want in a novel and left me feeling both transported and transformed.” —John Green 

“[McBride’s] effervescent young narrator is pitch-perfect and wholly original.” —Geraldine Brooks

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Abolitionist John Brown calls her “Little Onion,” but her real name is Henry. A slave in Kansas mistaken for a girl due to the sackcloth smock he was wearing when Brown shot his master, the light-skinned, curly-haired 12-year-old ends up living as a young woman, most often encamped with Brown’s renegade band of freedom warriors as they traverse the country, raising arms and ammunition for their battle against slavery. Though they travel to Rochester, New York, to meet with Frederick Douglass and Canada to enlist the help of Harriet Tubman, Brown and his ragtag army fail to muster sufficient support for their mission to liberate African Americans, heading inexorably to the infamously bloody and pathetic raid on Harpers Ferry. Dramatizing Brown’s pursuit of racial freedom and insane belief in his own divine infallibility through the eyes of a child fearful of becoming a man, best-selling McBride (Song Yet Sung, 2008) presents 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 (1967). McBride works Little Onion’s low-down patois to great effect, using the savvy but scared innocent to bring a fresh immediacy to this sobering chapter in American history. –Carol Haggas –This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

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.
–This text refers to the library edition.

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ASIN

B00AEDDPU0

Publisher

Riverhead Books August 20 2013

Publication date

August 20 2013

Language

English

File size

2836 KB

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Print length

434 pages

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