"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 leftis 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 tobring 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"-- - (Baker & Taylor)

<p><b>Winner of the Man Booker Prize</b><br><b></b><br><b>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction</b><br><b></b><br><b>Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature</b><br><b></b><br><b><i>New York Times</i> Bestseller</b></p><p><b><i>Los Angeles Times</i> Bestseller </b><br><b></b><br><b>Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by </b><b><i>The</i> <i>New York Times Book Review</i></b><br><b></b><br><b>Named a Best Book of the Year by <i>Newsweek</i>, <i>The Denver Post</i>, <i>BuzzFeed</i>, <i>Kirkus Reviews</i>, and <i>Publishers Weekly</i></b><br><b><i></i></b><br><b>Named a "Must-Read" by <i>Flavorwire</i> and <i>New York</i> Magazine's "Vulture" Blog</b><br><b></b><br><b></b>A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's <i>The Sellout </i>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 equality—the black Chinese restaurant.</p><p>Born in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens—on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles—the narrator of <i>The Sellout</i> 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.</p><p>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 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 the Supreme Court.</p> - (McMillan Palgrave)