Black Buck (Hardback)Mateo Askaripour (author)
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An irresistible slice of satire, Askaripour’s blazing debut takes a scalpel to America’s sales force and office culture through its incisive, firecracker of a story about race, capitalism and ambition.
My goal is to teach you how to sell. And if I'm half the salesman every newspaper, blog, and hustler in New York City says I am, then you are in luck. With my story, I will give you the tools to go out and create the life you want. Sound fair?
Meet Buck. But before Buck was the Muhammad Ali of sales, floating like a butterfly and selling like a demon, he was Darren: an unambitious twenty-two-year-old living with his mother and working at Starbucks. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of NYC's hottest tech startup, results in Darren joining Rhett's elite sales team.
On his first day Darren realizes he is the only Black person in the company, and when things start to get strange, he reimagines himself as 'Buck', a ruthless salesman, unrecognizable to his friends and family. Money, partying, and fame soon follow Buck, and wherever he goes more is never enough.
But when tragedy strikes at home, Buck begins to hatch a plan to help young people of colour infiltrate America's sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.
An earnest work of satire, Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of office culture; a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 516 g
Dimensions: 218 x 142 x 38 mm
'Askaripour closes the deal on the first page. Mesmerizing ... a high wire act full of verve and dark, comic energy.' - Colson Whitehead
'A hilarious, gleaming satire as radiant as its author... this novel is both balm and bomb.' - Nafissa Thompson-Spires, author of Heads of the Colored People
'Sharp, clever and often hilarious' - The New York Post
'An irresistible comic novel' - The Washington Post
'Rhapsodic and incisive' - WIRED
'Razor-sharp' - Vanity Fair
'Blazing ... A fast-paced, sharp, hilarious story with a lot of heart.' - Buzzfeed
'Askaripour wields a sharp satirical blade to deliver social commentary ... He may have written the first satire that doubles as self-help' - The Los Angeles Times
'This quick-witted, trenchant debut novel starts like a superhero origin story ... What follows is a harrowing tale that operates at the fraught intersection of capitalism, race, and class' - Vulture
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