Thorndike Press

Black Buck

  • Mateo Askaripour
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  • ISBN-10: 1432888358
  • ISBN-13: 9781432888350
  • Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
  • 608 Pages | Hardcover
  • Available July 2021
  • Bestsellers



A New York Times Bestseller
An Indie Next Pick
A Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick
On Over 35 Recommended Book Lists

An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building. All that changes when a chance encounter with Rhett Daniels, the silver-tongued CEO of Sumwun, NYC’s hottest tech startup, results in an exclusive invitation for Darren to join an elite sales team. Darren, the only Black person in the company, reimagines himself as “Buck,” a ruthless salesman unrecognizable to his friends and family. But when things turn tragic at home, Buck hatches a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America’s sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.


Customer Reviews

“Askaripour eviscerates corporate culture in his funny, touching debut . . . A winning and layered bildungsroman.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Extraordinary . . . Askaripour has created a skillfully written, biting, witty, and absurdist novel that sheds light on racism, start-up culture, corporate morality, media bias, gentrification, and many other timely, important themes. Askaripour is an author to watch.”

— Booklist (starred)

“A first novel that satirically lays out the wretched excesses of turn-of-the-21st-century capitalism as it both enriches and disfigures a bright young Black man’s coming-of-age . . . jazzily discursive and rhythmically propulsive . . . with punchy, go-for-broke mother-wit.”

— Kirkus Reviews