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MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2016 WINNER ANNOUNCED - SELLOUT BY PAUL BEATTY

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The Sellout by Paul Beatty (US)

 Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2016!

A biting American satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court. 

Born in the 'agrarian ghetto' of Dickens - on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles - the narrator of The Sellout is raised by his single father, a controversia​l sociologist, and spends his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychologica​l studies. Led to believe that his father's pioneering work will result in a memoir that will solve his family's financial woes, he is shocked to discover, after his father is killed in a police shoot-out, that there never was a memoir. In fact, 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: his hometown Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassmen​t. 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. 

What follows is a remarkable journey that challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement and the holy grail of racial equality - the black Chinese restaurant.