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The Sellout

Beatty, Paul. Book - 2015 Fiction / Beatty, Paul, Adult Book / Fiction / General / Beatty, Paul 3 On Shelf 2 requests on 11 copies Community Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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"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 left is 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 to bring 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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"-- Provided by publisher.

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Sharp. Funny. submitted by AGAPHD on July 5, 2020, 8:12pm This is an incredibly smart and funny novel. Recommended!

Brutal satire submitted by rachelizmay on August 23, 2022, 11:54am A must read for fans of Sorry to Bother You

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PUBLISHED
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Year Published: 2015
Description: 288 p.
Language: English
Format: Book

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9780374260507
9781250083258

SUBJECTS
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Satire.