The Sellout

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paul-beatty-the-selloutPaul Beatty is the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. I included his excellent novel “The Sellout” on my favorite fiction of ’15 (as it was published 3/15) list, but am mentioning it again because I’m excited it just won the Man Booker and want to encourage everyone to read it. The plot is hard to summarize but here goes: In a suburb of LA, a watermelon and pot dealer reinstates slavery and fights a legal battle that goes all the way to the Supreme Court. Please don’t let this completely horrible précis turn you off. In fact, take it as a challenge and read this brilliant novel to see how a book with such an absurd plot can be so great. This novel is funny, super intelligent and an example of satire at its best.

Nicole Charbonnet

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