The Sellout

A Novel by Paul Beatty

  • Published: Oct 18, 2020

Winner of the Man Booker Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York... read more

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Details of The Sellout

Exact title of the book
The Sellout
Book author
Paul Beatty
ISBN
9780374712242
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 03, 2015
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
File size (in PDF)
2736 kB

Some brief overview of book

Winner of the Man Booker Prize Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature New York Times Bestseller Los Angeles Times Bestseller Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, The Denver Post, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly Named a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" Blog A 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.

About author

Beatty is the author of three novelsSlumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffleand two books of poetry Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum An Anthology of African-American Humor. He lives in New York City.

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