Driving the King

Driving the King

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… (more)

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Editorial reviews (2 reviews)


Considering how much license Howard takes with Cole's life story, the narrative is curiously inert, though not without its moments of grace and pathos.

This book’s distortions suggest a man whose story remains barely told, while few white singers of his day are without up-to-date biographers. He may not be an ideal role model but he deserves his due.


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Publisher: Harper (January 06, 2015)

Language: English


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