"Fran Ross was hired to write for Richard Pryor on the virtue of this novel. That should tell you how good this is, and how outrageous and bawdy and razor-sharp. That should also tell you how truly BONKERS it is that the book and its writer faded into obscurity. It was ahead of its time in 1974, but its moment is now! Read this if you like witty heroines, quests across cities, Yiddish, satire, Classical mythology, and joy. You can thank me later for the weird looks you got on the Red Line as you belly-laughed your way through this book.
If that doesn't ring your bells, you could always read "Pride and Prejudice" one more time."
A pioneering, dazzling satire about a biracial black girl from Philadelphia searching for her Jewish father in New York City Oreo is raised by her maternal grandparents in Philadelphia. Her black mother tours with a theatrical troupe, and her Jewish deadbeat dad disappeared when she was an infant, leaving behind a mysterious note that triggers her quest to find him. What ensues is a 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.