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Five-Carat Soul

By: James McBride
Narrated by: Arthur Morey, Nile Bullock, Prentice Onayemi, Dominic Hoffman
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Publisher's summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of The Good Lord Bird, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction, Deacon King Kong, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography.

The stories in Five-Carat Soul - none of them ever published before - spring from the place where identity, humanity, and history converge. They’re funny and poignant, insightful and unpredictable, imaginative and authentic - all told with McBride’s unrivaled storytelling skill and meticulous eye for character and detail. McBride explores the ways we learn from the world and the people around us. An antiques dealer discovers that a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee now sits in the home of a Black minister in Queens. Five strangers find themselves thrown together and face unexpected judgment. An American president draws inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable. And members of The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band recount stories from their own messy and hilarious lives.

As McBride did in his National Book award-winning The Good Lord Bird and his best-selling The Color of Water, he writes with humor and insight about how we struggle to understand who we are in a world we don’t fully comprehend. The result is a surprising, perceptive, and evocative collection of stories that is also a moving exploration of our human condition.

©2017 James McBride (P)2017 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

One of the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2017

"In this collection of previously unpublished short stories by the award-winning author of The Color of Water, an outstanding team of narrators portrays a variety of characters. Novelist McBride peels back the thin veneer on American life with intellect, emotion, and, at times, stinging humor." (AudioFile)

“A pinball machine zinging with sharp dialogue, breathtaking plot twists and naughty humor...McBride at his brave and joyous best.” (New York Times Book Review)