The Sellout by Paul Beatty
From the publisher (Oneworld): “Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist. He is led to believe 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-through 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 – Hominy Jenkins – he initiates the most outrageous action conceivable: reinstating slavery and segregating the local high school which lands him in the Supreme Court.”
Winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize, the Wall Street Journal has called The Sellout a “Swiftian satire of the highest order. Like someone shouting fire in a crowded theatre, Mr. Beatty has whispered ‘Racism’ in a postracial world.” Chair of judges for the Man Booker Prize, Amanda Foreman comments “Paul Beatty slays sacred cows with abandon and takes aim at racial and political taboos with wit, verve and a snarl.” The Sellout by Paul Beatty is available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in the Haliburton Echo/Minden Times.