UChicago Pittsburgh Alumni Book Group

Paul Beatty’s The Sellout

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The Pittsburgh Book Club will meet at Shadyside Coffee Tree Roasters at 7PM on Tuesday, February 14, to discuss The Sellout by Paul Beatty. We hope to see you all there! Below is a brief description of the book:

The Sellout, a 2015 novel by Paul Beatty, takes place in and around Los Angeles, California, and concerns a protagonist who grows artisanal marijuana and watermelons. The novel's narrator, referred to only by his last name, "Me", attempts to reintroduce slavery and segregation in his Los Angeles neighborhood. This attempt leads to a Supreme Court case. In October 2016, The Sellout won the 2016 Man Booker Prize, making Beatty the first US writer to win that award.

Historian Amanda Foreman, chair of the judges, said:

"The Sellout is one of those very rare books that is able to take satire, which is in itself a very difficult subject and not always done well, and it plunges into the heart of contemporary American society and, with absolutely savage wit, of the kind I haven't seen since Swift or Twain, both manages to eviscerate every social taboo and politically correct, nuanced, every sacred cow, and while both making us laugh, making us wince. It is both funny and painful at the same time and it is really a novel of our times."

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