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The sellout / Paul Beatty.

Beatty, Paul, (author.).

Available copies

  • 5 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Adams PL Sys. - Decatur Branch FPB BEA SEL (Text) 34207002047687 Adult Fiction PB Available -
Covington-Veedersburg PL - Covington FIC BEA (Text) 32572000549915 CVBPLC Adult Fiction Available -
North Madison Co PL - Elwood PL FIC BEA (Text) 30419101513744 Adult Fiction Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch FIC BEATTY, PAUL (Text) 33946003251183 Fiction . 2nd Floor Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch FIC BEATTY, PAUL (Text) 33946003084758 Fiction . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250083258
  • ISBN: 1250083257
  • Physical Description: 288 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First Picador edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Picador, 2016.

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Summary, etc.:
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 '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. -- Provided by publisher.
Awards Note:
National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction Finalist, 2015.
American Library Association Notable Fiction, 2016.
Subject: Fathers and sons > Fiction.
Racism > Fiction.
Race relations > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fiction.
Genre: Satirical literature.

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