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With an introduction by the Man Booker Prize-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James.

Oreo has been raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note. Oreo’s quest is to find her father, and discover the secret of her birth.

What ensues in Fran Ross’s opus is a playful, modernized parody of the classical odyssey of Theseus with a feminist twist, immersed in seventies pop culture, and mixing standard English, black vernacular, and Yiddish with wisecracking aplomb.

Oreo, our young hero, navigates the labyrinth of sound studios and brothels and subway tunnels in Manhattan, seeking to claim her birthright while unwittingly experiencing and triggering a mythic journey of self-discovery like no other.

Oreo‘s satire on racial identity reads like a story for our times . . . Could Oreo be this year’s Stoner? – Observer

‘A rollicking little masterpiece . . . one of the most delightful, hilarious, intelligent novels I’ve stumbled across in recent years’ – Paul Auster, author of The New York Trilogy.

Critics Review

  • What a rollicking little masterpiece this book is, truly one of the most delightful, hilarious, intelligent novels I’ve stumbled across in recent years, a wholly original work . . . I must have laughed out loud a hundred times, and it’s a short book, just over 200 pages, which averages out to one booming gut-laugh every other page

    Paul Auster, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted author of 4 3 2 1
  • I’m usually very slow to come around to things . . . but I couldn’t believe Fran Ross’s hilarious 1974 novel Oreo hadn’t been on my cultural radar

    Paul Beatty, Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sellout
  • Wild, satirical and pathbreaking . . . flat-out fearless and funny and sexy and sublime . . . a nonstop outbound flight to a certain kind of readerly bliss. It may have been first published more than forty years ago, but its time is now

    New York Times
  • Brilliant

    The Pool
  • Setting out from her black household in Philadelphia to find her deadbeat Jewish father in New York, Oreo proceeds through one of the funniest journeys ever, amid a whirlwind of wisecracks in a churning mix of Yiddish, black vernacular, and every sort of English

    Guardian
  • Its satire on racial identity reads like a story for our times . . . Could Oreo be this year’s Stoner?

    Observer

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