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The sellout : a novel, Paul Beatty

Label
The sellout : a novel
Title
The sellout
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Paul Beatty
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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"--
  • "A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court"--
Summary
In this satirical take on race, politics, and culture in the U.S., a young black man grows up determined to resegregate a portion of an inner city, aided by a former Little Rascals star who volunteers to be his slave. This illegal activity brings him to the attention of the Supreme Court, who must consider the ramifications of this (and other) race-related cases. Readers who can handle provocative language and racial stereotypes will appreciate the glee that African-American humorist Paul Beatty brings to his critique and questioning of black identity; others will find it incendiary. -- Description by Shauna Griffin
Theme
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Book, 2016.
  • National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Man Booker Prize, 2016
Assigning source
  • Provided by publisher
  • Provided by publisher
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10402604
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3552.E19
LC item number
S45 2015eb
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
The sellout : a novel, Paul Beatty
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online resource
Carrier category code
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Carrier MARC source
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Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn903692965
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unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (pages)
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Form of item
online
Isbn
9780374712242
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computer
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rdamedia.
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7C157DAA-2350-4813-81D1-7B8F9EB9532F
Label
The sellout : a novel, Paul Beatty
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
ocn903692965
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780374712242
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
7C157DAA-2350-4813-81D1-7B8F9EB9532F

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