The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

by James Mcbride

Riverhead | August 20, 2013 | Hardcover |

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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Shreiber 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." –NPR.org
“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.
 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594486344

ISBN - 13: 9781594486340

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The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

by James Mcbride

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 432 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 1.18 in

Published: August 20, 2013

Publisher: Riverhead

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1594486344

ISBN - 13: 9781594486340

From the Publisher

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction

Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Shreiber 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." –NPR.org
“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.
 

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.
 

Editorial Reviews

Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction Winner of the Morning News Tournament of Books   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."
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