Hell of a Book

Hell of a Book

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In Hell of a Book, an African-American author sets out on a cross-country book tour to promote his bestselling novel. That storyline drives Jason Mott's novel and is the scaffolding of something much larger and more urgent: since his 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.

Throughout, these characters' stories build and build and as they 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, there always is the tragic story of a police shooting playing over and over on the news.

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 powerful, an electrifying high-wire act, ideal for book clubs, and the book Mott says he has been writing in his head for ten years, Hell of a Book in its final twists truly becomes its title.

Title:Hell of a Book
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593330968
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  • Barbara

    This is one of the most creative novels I’ve read about being black in America circa 2021. What I found is that there is no pontification, no white shaming. What I found is a deeply personal novel a...

  • Carol

    I typically have little patience for authors who appear to be chewing up the scenery unconstrained by any desire to explore a plot; however, that's not what's happening in Hell of a Book, although the...

  • Jen

    The unnamed protagonist has written a hell of a book. What’s it about? Hell if I know. Hell if he knows. But promote it he must, and thus we join him on a cross country book tour where he repeats th...

  • Elyse  Walters

    Audiobook….narrated by JD Jackson, Ronald Peet ….nine hours and forty minutes Being the unseen ….being a sea of blackness …..with no white people: ….”it feels like what life is suppose to...

  • Liz

    Hell of a Book is exactly that - a hell of a book. It touches every point on the emotional spectrum. It has more than its share of laugh out loud moments. And an equal number that are heartbreaking. B...

  • David

    Hell of a Book is, at times, an astute depiction of the threat of state violence faced by Black men in the United States. The novel is told in chapters that alternate between the perspectives of an un...

  • Sarah-Hope

    Jason Mott's Hell of a Book won't just make my best-of-the-year books list. We're not too far into the decade, but I'd be willing to bet that it will show up on my best-of-the-decade list for the 2020...

  • Betsy Robinson

    11/18/21 Update: It won the National Book Award! Never has a great American novel been so necessary and so justly recognized.Original ReviewHow on earth do you review or even talk about such a devasta...

  • Jenna Hager

    When I read that author Jason Mott has wanted to write the story in “Hell of a Book” for many years, I wasn’t at all surprised. It shows in his brilliant and thoughtful writing style, which is u...

  • Jenna ? ?  ?

    "Reality as a whole—past or present—just isn’t a good place to hang out, in my opinion. There are better ways and places to spend your time.Well this was one hell of a book!It starts out on the ...