The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird
The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird

  • Publish Date: 2014-08-05
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: James McBride
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Winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Fiction
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith
A Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Oprah Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year

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, youll race to the finish. NPR.org
Wildly entertaining.4-star People lead review
A boisterous, highly entertaining, altogether original novel. Washington Post

Look out for McBride's new book, Five-Carat Soul

From the bestselling author of The Color of Water, Song Yet Sung, and Kill 'Em and Leave, a James Brown biography, comes the story of a young boy born a slave who joins John Browns antislavery crusadeand 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 Henrys master quickly turns violent. Henry is forced to leave townwith Brown, who believes hes a girl.

Over the ensuing months, Henrywhom Brown nicknames Little Onionconceals his true identity as he struggles to stay alive. Eventually Little Onion finds himself with Brown at the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859one of the great catalysts for the Civil War.

An absorbing mixture of history and imagination, and told with McBrides meticulous eye for detail and character, The Good Lord Bird is both a rousing adventure and a moving exploration of identity and survival.

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