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Jason Mott, Tiya Miles Win National Book Awards

This image provided by Penguin Random House shows of author Jason Mott. "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist the book's author Jason Mott did not imagine for himself. (Michael Becker Photography/Penguin Random House via AP)
This image provided by Penguin Random House shows of author Jason Mott. "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist the book's author Jason Mott did not imagine for himself. (Michael Becker Photography/Penguin Random House via AP)
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New York (AP) -- Jason Mott's "Hell of a Book,” a surreal meta-narrative about an author's promotional tour and his haunted past and present, has won the National Book Award for fiction — a plot twist Mott did not imagine for himself.

“Hell of a Book” is a satirical take on a Black writer's adventures on the road for a promotional tour — Mott himself had his share of experiences while talking up such previous works as his debut novel “The Returned” — and a stark and disorienting tale of racial violence and identity, drawing on recent headlines and the author's childhood.