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Book Group: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

January 30, 2017 @ 19:00 - 21:00 GMT

Free
The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Born in the ‘agrarian ghetto’ of Dickens on the southern outskirts of Los Angeles and raised by a single father, a controversial sociologist, the narrator of The Sellout spent his childhood as the subject in racially charged psychological studies. He is led to believe 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 realises there never was a memoir. 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: Dickens has literally been removed from the map to save California from further embarrassment. 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 which lands him in the Supreme Court.

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.

The Sellout was awarded the 2016 Man Booker Prize. As always, everyone is welcome, so just drop us a line if you’d like to join us.

Details

Date:
January 30, 2017
Time:
19:00 - 21:00 GMT
Cost:
Free
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Pages of Hackney
Phone:
020 8525 1452
Email:
info@pagesofhackney.co.uk
Website:
https://www.pagesofhackney.co.uk

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Pages of Hackney
70 Lower Clapton Road
London, E5 0RN United Kingdom
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Phone:
020 8525 1452
Website:
https://www.pagesofhackney.co.uk/