Fran Ross’s “Oreo” has been a secret love of mine since I first stumbled across it. It’s a sexy, irreverent, gloriously crafted, hysterical, stunner of a novel. Ross code switches and backflips between Yiddish and Ebonics, as we follow our biracial (Black and Jewish) narrator’s journey to find her white father. Written in 1974 and gaining new attention with its recent republication, this novel is years ahead of its time and deserving of its cult classic status.
This collection of short stories is a beautiful portrayal of the many facets of Jamaican identity and experience. Arthurs’ ability to articulate this multiplicity while still celebrating shared identity is breathtaking. A rich and notable new voice of 2018.
On tough days I reread this book and remind myself that sometimes all you can do is put on your best, most pocketed raincoat and go face the world. Chrysanthemum is a childhood favorite and deserves a spot on any family bookshelf! A sweet, fun read, and great for opening conversations with children about bullying, friends, and difficult to pronounce names.