The Sellout

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

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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 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 `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.

Fueled 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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Paul Beatty is an American writer who, in 2016, became the first American to receive the Booker Prize. Born June 09, 1962, Los Angeles, USA. Received an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Brooklyn College and an MA in Psychology from Boston University. He is a graduate of (1980) El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1990, Beatty won the Poetry Slam poetry competition. One of the prizes for winning the competition was the publication of his first collection of poems "Big Bank Take Little Bank" (in 1991). This was followed by another book of poetry "Joker, Joker, Deuce" (in 1994). His first novel, The White Boy Shuffle (1996), received a positive New York Times review from Richard Bernstein, who called the book "an explosion of satirical warmth from the talented heart of black American life." His second novel, Tuff (2000), received positive reviews from Time magazine. In 2006, Beatty edited an anthology of African American humor called Hokum and wrote a New York Times article on the same topic. In her 2015 novel The Sale, Beatty follows an urban farmer who is trying to spearhead a resurgence of slavery and segregation in a fictional Los Angeles area. The novel was commented on by Elizabeth Donnelly, writing in The Guardian that it is "a masterpiece that makes Beatty America`s funniest writer." It took Paul Beatty five years to write the book. Sale won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Booker Award. Beatty became the first American to win the Booker Prize (previously only writers from Great Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations received the Booker Prize).

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Paul Beatty is an American writer who, in 2016, became the first American to receive the Booker Prize. Born June 09, 1962, Los Angeles, USA. Received an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) from Brooklyn College and an MA in Psychology from Boston University. He is a graduate of (1980) El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills, California. In 1990, Beatty won the Poetry Slam poetry competition. One of the prizes for winning the competition was the publication of his first collection of poems "Big Bank Take Little Bank" (in 1991). This was followed by another book of poetry "Joker, Joker, Deuce" (in 1994). His first novel, The White Boy Shuffle (1996), received a positive New York Times review from Richard Bernstein, who called the book "an explosion of satirical warmth from the talented heart of black American life." His second novel, Tuff (2000), received positive reviews from Time magazine. In 2006, Beatty edited an anthology of African American humor called Hokum and wrote a New York Times article on the same topic. In her 2015 novel The Sale, Beatty follows an urban farmer who is trying to spearhead a resurgence of slavery and segregation in a fictional Los Angeles area. The novel was commented on by Elizabeth Donnelly, writing in The Guardian that it is "a masterpiece that makes Beatty America`s funniest writer." It took Paul Beatty five years to write the book. Sale won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Booker Award. Beatty became the first American to win the Booker Prize (previously only writers from Great Britain, Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations received the Booker Prize).