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Hell of a Book

(2021)
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One of Entertainment Weekly's 15 Books you Need to Read This June | On Entertainment Weekly's "Must List" | One of The NY Post's Best Summer Reading books | One of GMA's 27 Books for June | One of USA Today's 5 Books Not to Miss | One of Fortune's 21 Most Anticipated Books Coming out in the Second Half of 2021| One of The Root's PageTurners: It’s Getting Hot in Here | One of Real Simple's Best New Books to Read in 2021

An astounding work of fiction from a New York Times bestselling author Jason Mott, always deeply honest, at times electrically funny, that goes to the heart of racism, police violence, and the hidden costs exacted upon Black Americans, and America as a whole

In Jason Mott’s Hell of a Book, a Black  author sets out on a cross-country publicity tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Hell of a Book and is the scaffolding of something much larger and urgent: since Mott’s novel also tells the story of Soot, a young Black boy living in a rural town in the recent past, and The Kid, a possibly imaginary child who appears to the author on his tour.

As these characters’ stories build and build and converge, they astonish. For while this heartbreaking and magical book entertains and is at once about family, love of parents and children, art and money, it’s also about the nation’s reckoning with a tragic police shooting playing over and over again on the news. And with what it can mean to be Black in America.

Who has been killed? Who is The Kid? Will the author finish his book tour, and what kind of world will he leave behind?  Unforgettably told, with characters who burn into your mind and an electrifying plot ideal for book club discussion, Hell of a Book is the novel Mott has been writing in his head for the last ten years. And in its final twists it truly becomes its title.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"What a powerful, timely, and provocative novel. Jason's ability to take on deeply important themes with both poignancy and humor makes for an extraordinary emotional roller coaster of a read, and I tore through this profoundly moving novel in a day but have been thinking about it ever since. Thank you, Jason Mott, for sharing this story with the world." - Abi Daré

"At turns hilarious and moving, thoughtful and madcap, Hell of a Book manages simultaneously to address momentous issues and ask pressing questions, while somehow remaining light on its feet, which is a hell of an accomplishment." - Jonathan Evison

"Hell of a Book teetertotters real life and fiction in a dizzying yet dazzling exploration of exploration itself. Jason Mott brings much of what he's known for and a lot of what we do not expect to this inventive offering." - Kiese Laymon

"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


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August 2021 : Hardback
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Title: Hell of a Book
Author(s): Jason Mott
ISBN: 1-398-70464-4 / 978-1-398-70464-0
Publisher: Trapeze
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Title: Hell of a Book: A Novel
Author(s): Jason Mott
ISBN: 0-593-33096-X / 978-0-593-33096-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dutton
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Title: Hell of a Book
Author(s): Mott Jason
ISBN: 0-593-18586-2 / 978-0-593-18586-5 (USA edition)
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Title: Hell of a Book: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
Author(s): Jason Mott
ISBN: 0-593-41427-6 / 978-0-593-41427-9 (USA edition)
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Title: Hell of a Book
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ISBN: 1-398-70465-2 / 978-1-398-70465-7
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Title: Hell of a Book
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Title: Hell of a Book: A Novel
Author(s): Jason Mott
Publisher: Dutton
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