The Sellout: A Novel


The Sellout: A Novel Author Paul Beatty
ISBN-10 1250083257
ISBN-13 9781250083258
Year 2016-03-01
Pages 304
Language English
Publisher Picador
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Winner of the Man Booker PrizeWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in FictionWinner of the John Dos Passos Prize for LiteratureNew York Times BestsellerLos Angeles Times Bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book ReviewNamed a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek The Denver Post BuzzFeed Kirkus Reviews and Publishers WeeklyNamed a Must Read by Flavorwire and New York Magazine s Vulture BlogA biting satire about a young man s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court Paul Beatty s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution urban life the civil rights movement the father son relationship and the holy grail of racial equalitythe black Chinese restaurant Born in the agrarian ghetto of Dickenson the southern outskirts of Los Angelesthe narrator of The Sellout resigns himself to the fate of lower middle class Californians I d die in the same bedroom I d grown up in looking up at the cracks in the stucco ceiling that ve been there since 68 quake Raised by a single father a controversial sociologist he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies He is led to believe that his father s pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family s financial woes But when his father is killed in a police shoot out he realizes there never was a memoir All that s left is the bill for a drive thru funeral Fueled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown the narrator sets out to right another wrong Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment Enlisting the help of the town s most famous residentthe last surviving Little Rascal Hominy Jenkinshe initiates the most outrageous action conceivable reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court

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