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The sellout / Paul Beatty.

By: Beatty, Paul.
Publisher: London : Oneworld, 2017Description: 288 pages ; 20 cm.ISBN: 9781786071460.Subject(s): African Americans -- Fiction | English wit and humor -- United States | African American wit and humor | United States -- Race relations -- FictionDDC classification: 817 Summary: Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens on the outskirt of LA, the narrator of The Sellout is brought up to believe his father's racially charged psychological studies will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, all that's left is the bill for a drive-through funeral. Fuelled by this deceit, the narrator sets out to right another wrong. Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save LA from embarrassment, so he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregation, which lands him in the Supreme Court. Taking aim at every stereotype, rivalry and anxiety about race in America, The Sellout is an outrageous and fearless thousand-mile-an-hour indictment of our times.
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Originally published: 2016.

Winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2016.

Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens on the outskirt of LA, the narrator of The Sellout is brought up to believe his father's racially charged psychological studies will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a police shoot-out, all that's left is the bill for a drive-through funeral. Fuelled by this deceit, the narrator sets out to right another wrong. Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save LA from embarrassment, so he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregation, which lands him in the Supreme Court.
Taking aim at every stereotype, rivalry and anxiety about race in America, The Sellout is an outrageous and fearless thousand-mile-an-hour indictment of our times.

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