Soul City (Paperback)

By Touré

Picador, 9780312425166, 192pp.

Publication Date: August 11, 2005

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Welcome to Soul City, where roses bloom in the cracks of the sidewalk, musical genres become political platforms, and children use their allowance money to buy records from the Vinyl Man. It's an unusually peaceful and magical American community with a strong heritage and sense of unity--at least, that's how journalist Cadillac Jackson first finds it when he visits the city for a magazine story. It isn't long before a mayoral campaign turns hostile; Cadillac falls hard for Mahogany Sunflower and is taught how to shed his embattled African-American identity so that he, too, might become a resident of this fabled city. What he discovers reveals as much about himself as it does about human nature and the meaning of race in America.

About the Author

Toure is the author of the story collection "The Portable Promised Land." He's also CNN's pop culture correspondent and a contributing editor at "Rolling Stone." His writing has appeared in "The New Yorker, The New York Times, Tennis Magazine, The Best American Essays, The Best American Sportswriting, The Best American Erotica, "and "DaCapo Best American Music Writing."


Praise For Soul City

"Magical . . . lyrically described."--Entertainment Weekly

"Touré fulfills his promise in [this] inventive debut novel."--Vanity Fair

"Try to imagine Ronald Firbank with a street swagger, and you have some idea of the high style of Touré's Soul City. . . . Touré's experimental fiction makes him the young man to watch in the literary arena."--Tom Wolfe

"Imaginative, buoyant, and slyly funny, this satire . . . is a delight to read and a pleasure to hum along to."--Publishers Weekly