Fran Ross by the Forward

For National Book Lovers Day, join our next book club

It’s National Book Lovers Day, and there’s one great way to celebrate: Join the Forward’s book club!

For our next set of meetings, we’re reading Fran Ross’s “Oreo.” The 1974 book, Ross’s only novel, has in recent years been hailed as an underappreciated masterpiece. Like Ross, its central character, Oreo — given name Christine Clark — is Black and Jewish; the novel follows her as she tries to track down her long-absent Jewish father. It’s an inventive, transgressive and deeply engaging read, one about which the novelist Danzy Senna wrote, in 2015, “it read like a novel not from 1974 but from the near future — a book whose appearance I was still waiting for.”

Writing about Ross last year, I noted her wildly original and irreverent attitude, which characterized not just “Oreo” but every bit of her work and persona:

If you’d like to join our conversations, we’ll be discussing the book in two installments. This coming Wednesday, August 12, we’ll be discussing chapters one through six; the following Wednesday, we’ll go over the rest of the book. To join, sign up using this form; if you encounter any issues, please email All meetings are at 3 p.m. Eastern, and the Zoom link will be sent out by email a couple of hours before the meeting. We hope to see you there!

For National Book Lover’s Day, join our next book club


Talya Zax

Talya Zax

Talya Zax is the Forward’s deputy culture editor. Contact her at or on Twitter, @TalyaZax.

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