This hilarious yet bitingly honest novel by Paul Beatty centers on misfit teenager Winston “Tuffy” Foshay from Harlem who wants to run for City Council. As the protagonist (who the author describes as a “masterless samurai”) embarks on a journey, the poet and novelist weaves together a fast-paced satire that delves into the numerous barriers and boundaries that exist in the US. Be it a sardonic look at local and rhetorical politics or an exposé on the pitfalls of media representation, Beatty’s TUFF is a work of incisive and gripping literary fiction.