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Fran Ross: Oreo

(Fiction, 212 pp. 1974)

This picaresque novel, deemed ahead of its time and now considered a cult classic, satirically chronicles the adventures of a young woman born to a black mother, in her quest to find her Jewish father in New York City. The myth of Theseus is updated, using a mix of vernacular dialects, bilingual and ethnic humor, inside jokes, neologisms, verbal quirks, and linguistic oddities.

Kirkus Review

Review by Dwight Garner, New York Times, July 14, 2015

Review by Edwin Turner, Biblioklept, July 26, 2020

Review by Mat Johnson, National Public Radio, March 9, 2011

Review by Danzy Senna, The New Yorker, May 7, 2015

Review by Marlon James, The Guardian, July 7, 2018

Article about Fran Ross by Scott Saul, Los Angeles Review of Books, July 22, 2019