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Fueled by the ferocious wit, outrageous comedy, and flat-out rage that made his debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle, one of the most passionately reviewed books of 1996 ("A blast of satirical heat from the talented heart of Black American life" --New York Times; "As much in the tradition of Richard Pryor as Ralph Ellison" --The Village Voice), Tuff unleashes Paul Beatty's verbal dazzle and nothing-sacred sensibility on the story of a young black man coming of age on the streets and stoops of Spanish Harlem.

Nineteen-year-old, 320-pound Winston "Tuffy" Foshay -- player king of a motley crew that includes his scheming, disabled best friend, Fariq, otherwise known as Smush; his Beat-poet, Black Panther father, Clifford; Inez, the unreconstructed Marxist revolutionary who raised him; and his bewildered mentor from the Big Brother program, the hapless African-American rabbi Spencer Throckmorton -- is ready to make a change. So when Inez offers him $20,000 to run for city council, Tuffy gamely embarks on one of the most outlandish campaigns in political history, one that topples both his vision of the world and his place in it.

Beatty's fierce gifts have never been more apparent: Tuff marks the return of one of this generation's freshest voices.

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Hardback Editions

July 2000 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-436-41065-6 / 978-0-436-41065-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Secker
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May 2000 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-375-40122-9 / 978-0-375-40122-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-78607-223-8 / 978-1-78607-223-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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October 2001 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-09-927705-0 / 978-0-09-927705-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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August 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tuff: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-385-72111-0 / 978-0-385-72111-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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July 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-436-41067-2 / 978-0-436-41067-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Secker
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July 1998 : USA Paperback

Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-375-70124-9 / 978-0-375-70124-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage Books USA
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Tuff: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-5366-2735-6 / 978-1-5366-2735-0
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tuff: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Audible Studios
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September 2016 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tuff: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

March 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tuff
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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November 2012 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tuff: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Anchor
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