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    Paul Beatty(Author) Prentice Onayemi(Narrator)

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Born in Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in his father's racially charged psychological studies. He is told that his father’s work will lead to a memoir that will solve their financial woes. But when his father is killed in a drive-by shooting, he discovers there never was a memoir. All that’s left is a bill for a drive-through funeral. What’s more, Dickens has literally been wiped off the map to save California from further embarrassment. Fuelled by despair, the narrator sets out to right this wrong with the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school, which lands him in the Supreme Court. In Beatty's trademark absurdist style, which has the uncanny ability to make readers want to both laugh and cry, The Sellout is an outrageous and outrageously entertaining indictment of our time.

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  • By Paul Court on 2 April 2017

    Certainly a different angle on casual racism. Talented author in the Hunter S Thompson style of breathless prose. Some great observational comedy thrown in.

  • By Anonymous on 14 April 2017

    I really liked the way he keeps you guessing as to what side of the fiction / reality line you're in

  • By Rachael Douglas on 4 August 2017

    Hard-hitting with some strong language. Not for the faint-hearted.

  • By Sleepy on 17 September 2017

    Didn't stop laughing when I read this book. Can see why it won the man booker prize

  • By Cindy L. on 25 July 2017

    Hilarious, witty, intelligent, incisive.... Oh just read it, you won't be sorry

  • By Hana on 21 April 2017

    An intelligently written and extremely atmospheric book that I was sad to finish. Warm and humorous also. Definitely a writer to look out for!

  • By TERRI CASEY on 28 July 2017

    A bit of a slog at times due to the overly American references and style which don't easily resonate with a British/Irish reader; nevertheless this book gives plenty of belly laughs and food for thought that travel way beyond its subject matter. Read it. Judge for yourself.

  • By Guest on 17 March 2017

    An amazing, thought provoking and well written book. Some laugh out loud moments perfectly balanced with the sad inevitability of unfolding events.

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