Hell of a Book: WINNER of the National Book Award for Fiction (Hardback)Jason Mott (author)
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Uncategorisable and fizzing with playful invention and intelligence, Mott’s surrealist gem centres on a mercurial writer who has visions of a young Black boy who may or may not be the child whose recent murder by a police office has sparked protests across the country.
Meet ... wait, we don't actually know his name.
What we do know about him is he's an author. He moves from airport to bookshop to chain hotel, on tour for his new bestseller Hell of a Book. And, as people keep telling him, it's a hell of a book.
Some of these people may or may not be real - because the other thing to know about him is he has, let's say, an overactive imagination...
For example, only he can see The Kid: a young black boy, who may or may not be the young black boy on the news recently. The one who was shot by the police. The one who everyone is on the streets protesting about.
Or he might be any of the others. He may be all of them, or none of them.
That may or may not be important.
He may even be our author telling us this story.
And all of this may or may not be happening.
Every. Single. Day.
This hell of a world needs this hell of a book.
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 238 x 164 x 32 mm
'Hell of a Book more than lives up to its title. 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
'A black author embarks on a cross-country book tour to promote his new book, but he's followed by a (possibly imaginary) child. The author's story is intertwined with the narrative of Soot, a young black boy living in a rural town. Mott has written a clever meditation on race and violence in America.' - The New York Post
'Beautiful and deeply moving ... I'd go as far as to say it's an important book and everyone should read it.' - Imran Mahmood
'Powerful, timely and provocative' - Abi Dare
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