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Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo's mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ...

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Boston 2000 Softcover Northeastern Library of Black Literature Series. 224 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. FICTION. This uproariously funny satire about relations between ... African Americans and Jews is as fresh and outrageous today as when it was first published in 1974. Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo's mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and even the novelistic form itself. "Fran Ross has a witty way with words-Yiddish, black dialect, puns-and she strews them exuberantly throughout her episodic story, along with lists, tables, drawings, equations, men Read more Show Less

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Born to a Jewish father and black mother who divorce before she is two, Oreo grows up in Philadelphia with her maternal grandparents while her mother tours with a theatrical troupe. Soon after puberty, Oreo heads for New York with a pack on her back to search for her father; but in the big city she discovers that there are dozens of Sam Schwartzes in the phone book, and Oreo's mission turns into a wickedly humorous picaresque quest. The ambitious and playful narrative challenges accepted notions of race, ethnicity, culture, and even the novelistic form itself.

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"Fran Ross has a witty way with words-Yiddish, black dialect, puns-and she strews them exuberantly throughout her episodic story, along with lists, tables, drawings, equations, menus ('Gefuellte Melonen') and Q-and-A exams." —Publishers Weekly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555534646
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Series: Northeastern Library of Black Literature
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword - Harryette Mullen
Mishpocheh
The Cube and the Pip
Helenic Letters
Pets, Playmates, Pedagogues
Tokens Deposited
Ta-ta Troezen
Periphetes
Sinis
Phaea
Sciron
Cercyon
Procrustes, Cephissus, Apollo Delphinius
Medea, Aegeus
Minos, Pasiphae, Ariadne
Pandion
A Key for Speed Readers, Nonclassicists, Etc.

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