Black Buck

Black Buck

by Mateo Askaripour (Author)

For fans of Sorry to Bother You and The Wolf of Wall Street—a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.There's nothing like a Black salesman on a mission.An unambitious twenty-two-year-old, Darren lives in a Bed-Stuy brownstone with his mother, who wants nothing more than to see him live up to his potential as the valedictorian of Bronx Science. But Darren is content working at Starbucks in the lobby of a Midtown office building, hanging out with his girlfriend, Soraya, and eating his mother's home-cooked meals. 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 on the thirty-sixth floor.After enduring a hell week of training, 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 and Buck feels he's hit rock bottom, he begins to hatch a plan to help young people of color infiltrate America's sales force, setting off a chain of events that forever changes the game.Black Buck is a hilarious, razor-sharp skewering of America's workforce; it is a propulsive, crackling debut that explores ambition and race, and makes way for a necessary new vision of the American dream.

Embark on a captivating literary adventure with "Black Buck," a thought-provoking novel by Mateo Askaripour. Delve into the extraordinary journey of Darren Vender, an ambitious young man determined to break free from the confines of his circumstances. As Darren navigates the cutthroat world of sales, he finds himself entangled in a web of power, deceit, and personal growth.

"Black Buck" is a poignant exploration of race, class, and the complexities of identity in contemporary America. Askaripour's evocative prose and raw storytelling style bring Darren's struggles and triumphs to life, creating a narrative that resonates deeply with readers.

Darren's journey begins in a small town where he faces poverty and limited opportunities. Driven by a burning desire to escape his dead-end existence, he seizes an unexpected opportunity to work at a prestigious Manhattan startup, Buckwild. As he immerses himself in the high-stakes world of tech sales, Darren encounters both allies and adversaries, forcing him to navigate the intricacies of corporate politics and the cutthroat nature of the business world.

Throughout the novel, Darren's resilience and determination shine through as he battles prejudice, discrimination, and the weight of his past. Askaripour skillfully weaves together Darren's personal and professional struggles, creating a compelling narrative that explores the complexities of race and class in modern society.

"Black Buck" is not just a story about overcoming adversity; it is a poignant exploration of the human condition. Askaripour delves into the depths of Darren's psyche, revealing his fears, anxieties, and aspirations. The novel offers a nuanced portrayal of a young man's journey of self-discovery and growth as he navigates the complexities of the world around him.

With its powerful themes, thought-provoking narrative, and unforgettable characters, "Black Buck" is a must-read for those interested in contemporary literature, social commentary, and the resilience of the human spirit.


January 05, 2021