The sellout: A Novel
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 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 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.
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|Grouping Author||beatty paul|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-07-20 13:15:47PM|
|Last Indexed||2019-07-20 13:17:46PM|
|author2-role||Audible, Inc., Brilliance Audio., Onayemi, Prentice,narrator.|
|available_at_school||Hume-Fogg Magnet High|
|detailed_location_school||Hume-Fogg High Magnet - Teen Fiction|
|display_description||"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"--|
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|isbn||9780374260507, 9780374712242, 9781250083258, 9781536649536|
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000457846|Book|Books|First edition, 2015.|English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux,|2015.|288 pages ; 22 cm., ils:CARL0000506452|CD audio book|Audio Books||English|Brilliance Audio; distributed by Audible, Inc. and Brilliance Audio,|2016.|8 audio discs (approx. 10 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in., overdrive:7c157daa-2350-4813-81d1-7b8f9eb9532f|eBook|eBook||English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux|2015||
|subject_facet||Audiobooks, Fathers and sons -- Fiction, Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction, Race relations -- Fiction, Satire, United States -- Race relations -- Fiction|
|title_full||The Sellout A Novel, The sellout / Paul Beatty|
|topic_facet||African American Fiction, Fathers and sons, Fiction, Literature, Race relations, Satire|