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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
Audie Award Finalist, Fiction, 2016

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 the '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.

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 - 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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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)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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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)
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
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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)
Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
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October 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout
Author(s): Paul Beatty
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October 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout
Author(s): Paul Beatty
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
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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July 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Audible Studios
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July 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Sellout: A Novel
Author(s): Paul Beatty
Publisher: Audible Studios
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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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