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The sellout

Author: Paul Beatty
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens, on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout resigned 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 the '68 quake." Raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, he spent his childhood as the subject in racially
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Genre/Form: Satire
Political fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Beatty, Paul.
Sellout.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015
(OCoLC)903692965
Named Person: A Andrae
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Beatty
ISBN: 9780374260507 0374260508 9781250083258 1250083257
OCLC Number: 887605559
Awards: National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 2015.
Description: 288 pages ; 22 cm
Responsibility: Paul Beatty.
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"Raised in the "agrarian ghetto" of Dickens, on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout resigned 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 the '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 further embarrassment. Enlisting the help of the town's most famous resident--the last surviving Little Rascal, Hominy Jenkins, he initiates the most extreme action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in front of the Supreme Court"--Jacket flap.

"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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