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January Book Club  The Sellout by Paul Beatty

January Book Club – “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty

Jan 24, 2021 - Jan 25, 2021

January Book Club – “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty

Time Sun Jan 24 2021 at 11:00 pm to Mon Jan 25 2021 at 12:00 am

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January Book Club – “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty, 24 January | January Book Club – “The Sellout” by Paul Beatty
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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.

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Sun Jan 24 2021 at 11:00 pm to Mon Jan 25 2021 at 12:00 am
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