The Sellout: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Beatty, Paul
Subject:  FICTION / African American / General
  FICTION / Fantasy / Humorous
  FICTION / Literary
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Picador
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 8.28in x 8.06in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens-on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles-the 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 the '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father's work will lead to a memoir that will solve their 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 further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident-the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins-he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in front of 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 U.S. Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality-the black Chinese restaurant.
Review Quote*Praise for Paul Beatty "A fertile and original writer with enormous energy and verbal dazzle." - The New York Times "Farcical, topical, and fueled by a profoundly zany imagination . . . [His] satire is deadly." - Newsday "Laugh-out-loud funny and weep-in-silence sad . . . Vibrant and alluring." - The Nation
Biographical NotePaul Beatty is the author of three novels- Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle -and 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.