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The Sellout

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty
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**WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016**

Outrageous, hilarious and profound.’ Simon Schama, Financial Times
The longer you stare at Beatty’s pages, the smarter you’ll get.’ The Guardian
The most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I’ve read.’ The New York Times

A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game.

Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's 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 drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral.

What’s more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
Oneworld Publications; March 2016
304 pages; ISBN 9781786070166
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Title: The Sellout
Author: Paul Beatty
 
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The Sellout
This book needs to be read in very large slices and it needs to be read as a satire, if you do both, then I think you will enjoy. Our book club hated it, I didn't hate it but I really didn't get it.
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