“The story collection by this National Book Award winner delivers insights into racial identity, war, masculinity and humanity.”
Featured in Washington Post’s 50 Notable Fiction Books of 2017.
“McBride’s writing is so affectionate, weird, confident and funny that characters as different and strange as Abraham Lincoln, zoo animals and teenage boys all plausibly come alive.”
Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge Great Reads of 2017.
“In his delightful first story collection, the author of the National Book Award-winning novel ‘The Good Lord Bird’ continues to explore race, masculinity, music and history.”
Featured in New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017.
“A furious joy drives these glimpses of brave lives in perilous places.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“A vivid, often funny story collection that examines serious topics like race, war, history, and self-identity—all with a deft hand and a fluid, musical voice.” —Entertainment Weekly
“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
As one of The New York Times’ 100 Notable Books of 2017, the praise for James McBride’s Five-Carat Soul is pouring in!
The collection of stories contained within Five-Carat Soul have never been published before and converge humanity, identity and history. Humor, insight, authenticity and unpredictability… McBride provides a unique blend within his stories in his one of a kind writing style.
He has the cunning ability to create complex characters and provide vivid, page-jumping detail that mesmerizes readers and leaves them craving more. We learn from the people we are surrounded by and circumstances shape us. McBride brings awareness to this fact with meticulous descriptions.
Life is messy and always changing. From an antiques dealer discovering a legendary toy commissioned by Civil War General Robert E. Lee sitting in the home of a black minister in Queens to five strangers finding themselves thrown together and facing unexpected judgment and an American president drawing inspiration from a conversation he overhears in a stable, McBride stories shows this fact is blaring detail.
Five-Carat Soul is not McBride’s only great work. In his National Book award-winning The Good Lord Bird and his bestselling The Color of Water, he also writes with humor and insight about the struggles of finding identity in a confusing world. Surprising perceptive uplifts this discerning collection of stories that demands an exploration of our human conditioning.