Selected a Best Summer Read by Los Angeles Times, Kirkus Reviews, New York Family, Orlando Sentinel, San Diego Magazine, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Detroit Jewish News

O, Africa!

A rollicking and ambitious novel that follows two filmmakers on an unlikely journey, while exploring the complexities of race, class, sexuality, and success in early twentieth century America.

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“A wildly ambitious and entertaining novel that manages to be both slapstick and deeply tragic.”



“Ingeniously contrived, cleverly told”


“Conn. . . takes his place here as one of contemporary fiction’s great word-wranglers, a novelist whose love of language in all its rolling and tumbling excess captures the bounding excess of life itself.”


“…packed to the brim with comedy, tragedy and sly meditations on the history of American prejudice and the power of film to change perception.”



“…an epic tale…”

“[Conn] infuses his story with an incredible wealth of knowledge and stunning historical accuracy…O, Africa! transports the reader directly into the Roaring Twenties with a phenomenal cast as they grapple with the deepest questions of identity and the meaning of the American character.”

“There isn’t one stereotypical character in this unique story. Add to that the phenomenal literary style used in Conn’s descriptions of characters, settings, and the narrator’s reflections, and you have an amazing read that has been compared to the writings of Saul Bellow and Michael Chabon.”



“O, Africa!…is a trip worth taking.”


“Conn is a go-big-or-go-home kind of writer. Much as in Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay…issues of identity and art are in the forefront, with conflict and communion around race, ethnicity and sexual orientation a close second…Lovely and inventive…Conn’s ambition is impressive.”