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The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Paperback, 2017)

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016

A biting American satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court.

Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens - on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles - the narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversial sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. Led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes, he is shocked to discover, after his father is killed in a police shoot-out, that there never was a memoir. In fact, all that's left is the bill for a drive-through funeral.

Fuelled by this deceit and the general disrepair of his hometown, the narrator sets out to right another wrong: his hometown Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident - Hominy Jenkins - he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school.

What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.

About the Author

Paul 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.


Format: Paperback | 304 pages

Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8 x 2.1 | 292g

Publication Date: 15 May 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Publication City/Country: London, United Kingdom

Language: English

ISBN10: 1786071460

ISBN13: 9781786071460


Conditions: Acceptable

A book with obvious wear. Has some damage to the cover, including a fair amount of creasing and scuff marks, but integrity still intact. No writing in margins, and no underlining or highlighting of text. Minor creasing throughout the book, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text. A scruffy looking and slightly worn but, a clean, solid, and readable copy.