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I Am Not Sidney Poitier

I Am Not Sidney Poitier

(2009)
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An irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett, and an irreverent take on race, class, and identity in America

I was, in life, to be a gambler, a risk-taker, a swashbuckler, a knight. I accepted, then and there, my place in the world. I was a fighter of windmills. I was a chaser of whales. I was Not Sidney Poitier.

Not Sidney Poitier is an amiable young man in an absurd country. The sudden death of his mother orphans him at age eleven, leaving him with an unfortunate name, an uncanny resemblance to the famous actor, and, perhaps more fortunate, a staggering number of shares in the Turner Broadcasting Corporation.

Percival Everett's hilarious new novel follows Not Sidney's tumultuous life, as the social hierarchy scrambles to balance his skin color with his fabulous wealth. Maturing under the less-than watchful eye of his adopted foster father, Ted Turner, Not gets arrested in rural Georgia for driving while black, sparks a dinnertable explosion at the home of his manipulative girlfriend, and sleuths a murder case in Smut Eye, Alabama, all while navigating the recurrent communication problem: 'What's your name?' a kid would ask. 'Not Sidney,' I would say. 'Okay, then what is it?'

 
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Paperback Editions

October 2010 : Canada Paperback
Title: I Am Not Sidney Poitier
Author(s): Percival Everett
ISBN: 1-4587-5845-1 / 978-1-4587-5845-3 (Canada edition)
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

May 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel
Author(s): Percival Everett
ISBN: 1-55597-527-5 / 978-1-55597-527-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

August 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel
Author(s): Percival Everett
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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