Get a FREE Books of the Moment  sampler!
Check Out These
21 Books You’ve Been Meaning to Read
See the List
Best Seller
Five-Carat Soul by James McBride

Five-Carat Soul

Five-Carat Soul by James McBride
Sep 26, 2017 | 320 Pages
See All Formats (4) +
  • Paperback $29.00

    Sep 26, 2017 | 432 Pages

  • Hardcover $27.00

    Sep 26, 2017 | 320 Pages

  • Ebook $13.99

    Sep 26, 2017 | 320 Pages

  • CD $35.00

    Sep 26, 2017 | 510 Minutes

  • Audiobook Download $17.50

    Sep 26, 2017 | 514 Minutes

Buy the Audiobook Download:

Product Details


“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

“McBride is one of this country’s best writers, and that has never been more apparent than here, in his first short story collection… McBride’s writing practically shimmers with energy and charm, making reading him a singular pleasure.” —Nylon

“Humming with invention and energy, the stories collected in McBride’s first fiction book since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird again affirm his storytelling gifts… McBride adopts a variety of dictions without losing his own distinctly supple, musical voice; as identities shift, ‘truths’ are challenged, and justice is done or, more often, subverted.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“If there’s a mode in which McBride can’t write brilliantly, he has yet to prove it.” —Vulture

“Each told with McBride’s trademark insight, eye for character, and masterful story-telling ability, these pieces are sure to knock you out.” —Bustle

“McBride’s authentic characters and stories capture with humor and poignant insight the messiness of our internal (and external) lives and the world around us.” —Buzzfeed

“Stellar… McBride’s short stories joyfully abound with indelible characters whose personal philosophies are far wiser than their circumstances allow… [He] brings the snappy satire that endeared him to fans of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird and the courage and pathos that shone in The Miracle at St. Anna.” —Booklist (starred review)

“An exceptional group of stories… There’s a good amount of humor here, but most of these pieces are deeply emotional. This is McBride at his A-list best.” —Library Journal (starred review)

“McBride exhibits his formidable storytelling chops in an array of voices and settings… The charm emitted by these whimsical-yet-acerbic tales seems to come from a hypothetical late-19th-century collaboration of Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling. McBride emerges here as a master of what some might call  ‘wisdom fiction,’ common to both The Twilight Zone and Bernard Malamud, offering instruction and moral edification to his readers without providing an Aesop-like moral.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Praise for James McBride:

“A modern-day Mark Twain.” —The New York Times Book Review

“McBride . . . transcends history and makes it come alive.” —Chicago Tribune

Looking for More Great Reads?
Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now
Back to Top