Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 12/07/2018
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Epic in every sense....
Oreo is a forgotten contemporary classic first published in 1974. It definitely deserves to be read by the 21st century readers. It is almost like a stand... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
Outrageously funny and my new favourite book
This newly republished classic by Picador was completely unexpected. All I knew about the book was that it was originally published 40 years ago and had a ... READ MORE
Alex at Cardiff


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.

  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 9781509888467
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 174g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 133 x 18 mm

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