Shortlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction
An astounding work of fiction – resoundingly powerful, endlessly quotable and funny as hell – with its sights set on getting to the heart of racism in America. In short, this is one Hell of a Book.
An extraordinary emotional roller coaster of a read – I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since ~ Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice
Playful, searching, raw and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me ~ Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown
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Hell of a Book by Jason Mott
An author goes on a book tour for his new bestseller Hell of a Book – which, as people keep telling him, is one hell of a book.
One morning, he meets The Kid – a young Black boy who looks just like the one on the news who was shot by the police. And The Kid wants him to tell his story.
It’s the story of a boy who spent most of his life trying to hide, and to not be seen. And it may not be that different from the story of our author.
But to find out why, you’ll have to read it for yourself.