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Fran Ross (1935-1985) grew up in Philadelphia. She wrote Oreo while working as a proofreader and journalist, and then moved to Los Angeles to write for Richard Pryor. Danzy Senna is the author of several books, including the award-winning novel Caucasia. Harryette Mullen, a professor of English at UCLA, is the author of six collections of poetry, most recently Recyclopedia, which won a PEN Beyond Margins Award

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"A brilliant and biting satire, a feminist picaresque, absurd, unsettling, and hilarious ... Ross' novel, with its Joycean language games and keen social critique, is as playful as it is profound. Criminally overlooked. A knockout." -- Kirkus (Starred Review) "Oreo is one of the funniest books I've ever read. To convey Oreo's humor effectively, I would have to use the comedic graphs, menus, and quizzes Ross uses in the novel. So instead, I just settle for, 'You have to read this.'" -- Mat Johnson - NPR Books "With its mix of vernacular dialects, bilingual and ethnic humor, inside jokes, neologisms, verbal quirks, and linguistic oddities, Ross's novel dazzles..." -- Harryette Mullen "It took me two years to "feel" Wu Tang's first album, even longer to appreciate Basquiat, and I still don't get all the fuss over Duke Ellington and Frank Lloyd Wright. But I couldn't believe Oreo hadn't been on my cultural radar." -- Paul Beatty - The New York Times "Hilarious, touching and a future classic." -- Vanity Fair "Think: Thomas Pynchon meets Don Quixote, mixed with a crack joke crafter. I'm not sure I've ever admired a book's inventiveness and soul more." -- John Warner - Chicago Tribune "The novel will endure, greeting each new generation of readers with its continuing relevance." -- Amanda Sarasien - The Literary Review "Hilariously offbeat. " -- Essence Magazine "This is a novel that refuses to be categorized or tamed in any way." -- Bookforum "Oreo has snap and whimsy to burn. It's a nonstop outbound flight to a certain kind of readerly bliss. It may have been first published more than 40 years ago, but its time is now." -- Dwight Garner - The New York Times "Uproariously funny...criminally neglected." -- Stephen Sparks - LitHub "This novel has wings." -- Dwight Garner - The New York Times

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