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The sellout, Paul Beatty

Label
The sellout
Title
The sellout
Statement of responsibility
Paul Beatty
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens--improbably smack in the middle of downtown L.A.--the narrator of The Sellout resigned himself to the fate of all other middle-class Californians: "to die in the same bedroom you'd grown up in, looking up at the crack in the stucco ceiling that had been there since '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist at Riverside Community College, he spent his childhood as the subject in psychological studies, classic experiments revised to include a racially-charged twist. He also grew up believing this pioneering work might result in a memoir that would solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a shoot out with the police, he realizes there never was a memoir. All that's left is the bill for a drive-thru funeral and some maudlin what-ifs. Fuelled by this injustice and the general disrepair of his down-trodden hometown, he 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, our narrator initiates a course of action--one that includes reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school--destined to bring national attention. These outrageous events land him with a law suit heard by the Supreme Court, the latest in a series of cases revolving around the thorny issue of race in America. The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the most 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"--
  • "A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"--
Title
The sellout
Creator
Summary
In this satirical take on race, politics, and culture in the U.S., a young black man grows up determined to resegregate a portion of an inner city, aided by a former Little Rascals star who volunteers to be his slave. This illegal activity brings him to the attention of the Supreme Court, who must consider the ramifications of this (and other) race-related cases. Readers who can handle provocative language and racial stereotypes will appreciate the glee that African-American humorist Paul Beatty brings to his critique and questioning of black identity; others will find it incendiary. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Subject
Genre
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2016.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Man Booker Prize, 2016
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10402604
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.E19
LC item number
S45 2015
Literary form
fiction
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Paul Beatty
Label
The sellout, Paul Beatty
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/507/9780374260507/image/lgcover.9780374260507.jpg
Publication
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • DOVER
Control code
ocn887605559
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
288 pages
Isbn
9780374260507
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Lccn
2014027451
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
202501

Library Locations

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