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‘More than lives up to its title’ Charles Yu

Meet . . . wait, we don’t actually know his name.

What we do know about him is he’s an author. He moves from airport to bookshop to chain hotel, on tour for his new bestseller HELL OF A BOOK. And, as people keep telling him, it’s a hell of a book.

Some of these people may or may not be real – because the other thing to know about him is he has, let’s say, an overactive imagination…

For example, only he can see The Kid: a young black boy, who may or may not be the young black boy on the news recently. The one who was shot by the police. The one who everyone is on the streets protesting about.

Or he might be any of the others. He may be all of them, or none of them.
That may or may not be important.

He may even be our author telling us this story.
And all of this may or may not be happening.
Every. Single. Day.

THIS HELL OF A WORLD NEEDS THIS HELL OF A BOOK


‘An extraordinary emotional roller coaster of a read – I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since.’
Abi Daré, author of The Girl with the Louding Voice

‘Playful, searching, raw and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me.’
Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown

Reviews

Hell of a Book more than lives up to its title. Playful, searching, raw and necessary, this writing, this voice, this novel twisted me up and turned me inside out, dazzled me, surprised me and moved me
Charles Yu, author of Interior Chinatown
How to possibly describe Mott's fourth novel without simply borrowing from its moniker? It is, after all, a hell of a book. The novel follows two surrealist story lines: One in which a famous author out on a promotional tour begins to slowly lose his grip on reality, and one in which a family deals with the tragic ramifications of a senseless police shooting of an unarmed Black man. As the two story lines become more and more meta, the book becomes more and more poignant.
Entertainment Weekly
A black author embarks on a cross-country book tour to promote his new book, but he's followed by a (possibly imaginary) child. The author's story is intertwined with the narrative of Soot, a young black boy living in a rural town. Mott has written a clever meditation on race and violence in America.
New York Post
Beautiful and deeply moving . . . I'd go as far as to say it's an important book and everyone should read it.
Imran Mahmood
Maddening, disorienting and illuminating
Booklist
Powerful, timely and provocative
Abi Daré