Brandon Harris is the author of Making Rent in Bed-Stuy: A Memoir of Trying to Make It in New York City. He works as a motion picture executive.
 (December 2017)

IN THE REVIEW

Black Saints and Sinners

James McBride, New York City, 2012

Five-Carat Soul

by James McBride
The Five-Carat Soul Bottom Bone Band doesn’t play much music in James McBride’s first collection of short stories, Five-Carat Soul. One never gets a sense of what kind of outfit these young Negro boys—Butter, Goat, Beanie, Bunny, and Dex—might be. Are they closer to the Jackson 5 or the early …