Driving the king: a novel
A daring and brilliant novel that explores race and class in 1950s America, witnessed through the experiences of Nat King Cole and his driver, Nat Weary.
The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, for a rare performance. His childhood friend, Nat Weary, plans to propose to his sweetheart, and the singer will honor their moment with a special song. While the world has changed, segregated Jim Crow Montgomery remains the same. When a white man attacks Cole with a pipe, Weary leaps from the audience to defend him--an act that will lead to a ten-year prison sentence.
But the singer will not forget his friend and the sacrifice he made. Six months before Weary is released, he receives a remarkable offer: will he be Nat King Cole's driver and bodyguard in L.A.? It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror, violence, and degradation of Jim Crow Alabama.
Weary discovers that, while Los Angeles is far different from the Deep South, it a place of discrimination, mistrust, and intolerance where a black man--even one as talented and popular as Nat King Cole--is not wholly welcome.
An indelible portrait of prejudice and promise, friendship and loyalty, Driving the King is a daring look at race and class in pre-Civil Rights America, played out in the lives of two remarkable men.
African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction
Chauffeurs -- Fiction
Race discrimination -- United States -- Fiction
United States -- Race relations -- Fiction
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|Grouping Title||driving the king|
|Grouping Author||howard ravi|
|Last Grouping Update||2018-07-17 22:54:22PM|
|Last Indexed||2018-07-17 23:43:17PM|
|available_at_catalog||Main Kids, Main Library|
|detailed_location_catalog||Main Library - Adult Fiction|
|display_description||"Told through the experiences of Nat King Cole's driver, Nat Weary, [this novel] ... explores race and class in 1950s America"--|
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|isbn||006052961, 9780060529611, 9780062199157, 9781622316076|
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|owning_library_catalog||Nashville Public Library|
|owning_location_catalog||Main Kids, Main Library|
|record_details||ils:CARL0000453420|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,||325 pages ; 22 cm., overdrive:af1af298-c67f-4df9-ad4b-70c9b2ccb167|eBook|eBook||English|HarperCollins|2015|, overdrive:fa4d83d3-1b4d-4a60-91cc-71a444ed3174|eAudiobook|Audio Books||English|HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books|2015||
|subject_facet||African Americans -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Fiction, Chauffeurs -- Fiction, Race discrimination -- United States -- Fiction, United States -- Race relations -- Fiction|
|title_display||Driving the king : a novel|
|title_full||Driving the King, Driving the King A Novel, Driving the king : a novel / Ravi Howard|
|title_short||Driving the king :|
|topic_facet||African American Fiction, African Americans, Chauffeurs, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Literature, Race discrimination, Race relations, Social conditions|