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The Sellout

(2015)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel (nominee)
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel
Winner of the Man Booker Prize

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction

Winner of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature

New York Times Bestseller

Los Angeles Times Bestseller

Named One of the 10 Best Books of the Year by TheNew York Times Book Review

Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek, The Denver Post, BuzzFeed, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly

Named a "Must-Read" by Flavorwire and New York Magazine's "Vulture" Blog

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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Hardback Editions

September 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-78607-147-9 / 978-1-78607-147-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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March 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 0-374-26050-8 / 978-0-374-26050-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-78607-146-0 / 978-1-78607-146-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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May 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-78607-015-4 / 978-1-78607-015-9 (UK edition)
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2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Sellout: WINNER OF THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-78607-017-0 / 978-1-78607-017-3 (UK edition)
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March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-250-08325-7 / 978-1-250-08325-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

November 2016 : Audio CD
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Title: SELLOUT (CD-Audio): A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-5366-4953-8 / 978-1-5366-4953-6
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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October 2016 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Sellout
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-5100-5430-8 / 978-1-5100-5430-1 (UK edition)
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout
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Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
ISBN: 1-5226-3467-3 / 978-1-5226-3467-6
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July 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
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July 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
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March 2016 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Sellout
Author(s): Paul Beatty
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March 2015 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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