In 1974, Fran Ross published her first and only novel, "Oreo." The satirical tale of a biracial teenager’s Theseus-style quest to find her father was almost completely overlooked in its era. Now, more than 4 decades later, its re-issue is being met with critical praise. Producer Mythili Rao explores why Ross’s take on racial identity was so ahead of its time.
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BROOKE: There was a time most Americans saw identity as fixed:you were black or white, straight or gay, and whether you were a man or woman or neither or both never even came up, even in the most progressive political program. And of course, when art conflicts with the mainstream view, it struggles and usually dies. Take Fran Ross's Oreo,a satirical novel about a half-Jewish half-black girl's search for her father. Published 41 years ago, it sank on arrival, but this month New Directions Publishing is issuing a new edition, reckoning Oreo’s time has come. WNYC's Mythili Rao explores why it’s taken so long.