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Driving the King

Ravi Howard

A darling and brilliant new novel that explores race and class in the 1950s America. The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his home town 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. But 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 10-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: he will be Nat King Cole's driver and bodyguard. It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror, violence, and degradation of Jim Crow Alabama. Weary discovers that, while in Los Angeles is far different from the deep South, it is 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, friendshit 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.

A darling and brilliant new novel that explores race and class in the 1950s America. The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his home town 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. But 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 10-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: he will be Nat King Cole's driver and bodyguard. It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror, violence, and degradation of Jim Crow Alabama. Weary discovers that, while in Los Angeles is far different from the deep South, it is 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, friendshit 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.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

A darling and brilliant new novel that explores race and class in the 1950s America. The war is over, the soldiers are returning, and Nat King Cole is back in his home town 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. But 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 10-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: he will be Nat King Cole's driver and bodyguard. It is the promise of a new life removed from the terror, violence, and degradation of Jim Crow Alabama. Weary discovers that, while in Los Angeles is far different from the deep South, it is 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, friendshit 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Lazarre-White

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

25:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

40:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

14:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

13:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

13:25


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:57


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

12:11


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

20:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:16


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:32


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

15:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:29


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

10:10


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

17:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:47


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:06


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

18:39


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

14:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:00


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:34


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:58


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:38