The Good Lord Bird: A Novel

August 20, 2013|
The Good Lord Bird: A Novel by James McBride
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Soon to be a Showtime limited series starring Ethan Hawke and Daveed Diggs

Winner of the National Book Award for Fiction

From the bestselling author of Deacon King Kong (an Oprah Book Club pick) and The Color of Water 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 1856--a battleground between anti- and pro-slavery forces--when legendary abolitionist John Brown arrives. When an argument between Brown and Henry''s master turns violent, Henry is forced to leave town--along with Brown, who believes Henry to be a girl and his good luck charm.

Over the ensuing months, Henry, whom Brown nicknames Little Onion, conceals his true identity to stay alive. Eventually Brown sweeps him into 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.
James McBride is an accomplished musician and author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, the bestselling American classic The Color of Water, and the bestsellers Song Yet Sung, Deacon King Kong, and Miracle at St. Anna, which was turned into a film by Spike Lee. He has also authored the story collection Fiv...
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Title:The Good Lord Bird: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.38 inShipping dimensions:432 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.38 inPublished:August 20, 2013Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1594486344

ISBN - 13:9781594486340

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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