Bitch Lit Book Club: Oreo by Fran Ross

Thursday 1st November 18:30 - 20:00 at London - Gower Street

BITCH LIT is a monthly book club devoted to new feminist writing and cult classics by women. Join us for endless winecheese and irreverent, fun discussion led by literary critic Lucy Scholes.


On November 1st we will be discussing Fran Ross’s forgotten classic Oreo which was first published in 1974. Described by Booker Prizer winner Marlon James as ‘crazy, sexy, cool’ this novel – now published in the UK for the first time – is playful, modernized parody of the classical odyssey of Theseus with a feminist twist, immersed in seventies pop culture, and mixing standard English, black vernacular, and Yiddish with wisecracking aplomb. Oreo, our young hero, navigates the labyrinth of sound studios and brothels and subway tunnels in Manhattan, seeking to claim her birthright while unwittingly experiencing and triggering a mythic journey of self-discovery like no other.


Numbers strictly limited, please book promptly to avoid disappointment. Tickets are £8/6(students) and include wine or soft drinks. Book online, in store or by phoning 020 7636 1577.


Previous Bitch Lit titles:

I Love Dick - Chris Kraus
Negroland - Margot Jefferson
By Grand Central Station I Sat Down And Wept - Elizabeth Smart
Difficult Women - Roxane Gay
You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine - Alexandra Kleeman 
Fun Home - Alison Bechdel 
The Pumpkin Eater - Penelope Mortimer 
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Power - Naomi Alderman 
The Awakening - Kate Chopin 
Passing - Nella Larsen 
The Red Parts - Maggie Nelson 
Lolly Willowes - Sylvia Townsend Warner
Margaret the First - Danielle Dutton 
Stet - Diana Athill
Abandon - Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay
All Grown Up - Jami Attenberg
Kitchen - Banana Yoshimoto

The Liars’ Club - Mary Karr

Men We Reaped – by Jesmyn Ward

Problems – Jade Sharma

Cassandra at the Wedding – Dorothy Baker

The Left Hand of Darkness – Ursula Le Guin

London - Gower Street Waterstones, London - Gower Street
Thursday 1st November 18:30 - 20:00
£8 (standard) / £6 (concessions/ waterstones cardholders)

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