20 March 2017

GS Reads: Next Book is.... The Sellout

The Sellout by Paul Beatty GS Reads

Hey readers, time to start reading again. The next book is The Sellout by Paul Beatty. We will plan to have the full book discussion on Monday April 17th so make sure you finish by then.

The Sellout is not only a new York Times Bestseller but also the recipient of many awards. In fact Paul Beatty is the first American writer to win the Man Booker Prize for this novel. I have already started reading and I love that there is no slow start. The story instantly starts moving as you enter the world of the narrator. Check out the description below:

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.
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.

1 comment

  1. Was just trawling the internet for a new book suggestion .... might have a little peek myself!


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