Title:
The sellout / Paul Beatty.
Author:
Beatty, Paul, author.
Call Number:
BEATTY Paul
Edition:
First Picador edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York : Picador, 2016.
©2015.
Description:
288 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary:
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to 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 United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality -- the black Chinese restaurant. 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 '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. Fuelled 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. -- Provided by publisher.
Subjects:
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Racism -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Satire.
Fathers and sons.
Race relations.
Racism.
Satire.
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction.
California -- Los Angeles.
Notes:
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist, 2015.
American Library Association Notable Fiction, 2016.
ISBN:
9781250083258
1250083257
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