Deacon King Kong

Deacon King Kong

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"In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. ...Brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways."--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780735216723
Branch Call Number: FIC MCBRIDE 2020
Characteristics: 370 pages ; 24 cm


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Adult Fiction. “McBride portrays a 1969 Brooklyn neighborhood through its outsiders, from the Irish to Italians, Puerto Ricans, and African Americans who came north during the Great Migration. At 71, the titular deacon is the least likely of heroes; residents of the Cause Houses wonder how he’s s... Read More »

Both funny and moving, this novel depicts what happens to the witnesses of a shooting in 1960s New York City, written with McBride’s signature emotional honesty and faith in humanity.

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Mar 26, 2020

Beautifully written, with memorable characters and a side of social commentary.

Mar 23, 2020

McBride writes quirky, flawed, humane characters so well. In this book he writes about, drunks, drug dealers, hypocrites and ne'er do wells with such warmth and generosity. Everyone if forgiven for their foibles. Thoroughly enjoyable.


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