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The Sellout
Author: Paul Beatty

ISBN: 9781786070173
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1 April 2016
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5 x 2.1
Description:
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 jo...

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