Five-carat Soul

Five-carat Soul

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Exciting new fiction from James McBride, the first since his National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird. 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 Birdandhis bestselling 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"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Riverhead Books, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780735216693
Characteristics: 308 pages ;,22 cm.


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Dec 29, 2018

On Barack Obama's Top Books of 2017

Apr 11, 2018

I enjoyed all the stories minus the last one.

Jan 05, 2018

Looking forward to reading this latest book from James McBride. Hear what McBride has to say about this collection of stories he has published.

Color of Water brought McBride to many reader's attention. If you've read that one don't hesitate to try out his other books in the catalog. Kill'em and Leave and The Good Lord Bird, to name just two that I'd recommend.

Dec 15, 2017

What a fun collection of original, surprising and mind-bending stories. This is a storyteller at his peak. It will definitely be on my list of top books of 2017.

Nov 29, 2017

I first read Mr. McBride's novel because his mother and I went to the same high school and grew up in the same town. I keep reading his books because they're entertaining and uplifting. He's an author I'd recommend to anyone interested in a great contemporary American storyteller.

Wonderfully entertaining stories from a master storyteller! Just another reason among many why James McBride is one of America's best contemporary authors.

LPL_DirectorBrad Sep 25, 2017

Insanely fantastically smart, poignant, and funny (when called for) short stories. James McBride has considerable range as a storyteller and this collection of stories proves that point. I hadn't read Mr. McBride in a while and this collection reminded me, hot damn! the Man can write. Highly recommended!

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at Library

To Top