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Paul Beatty is the author of three novels--Slumberland, Tuff, and The White Boy Shuffle--and two books of poetry: Big Bank Take Little Bank and Joker, Joker, Deuce. He is the editor of Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor. In 2016, he became the first American to win the Man Booker Prize. He lives in New York City.

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The first 100 pages of [Paul Beatty's] new novel, "The Sellout," are the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read in at least a decade. I gave up underlining the killer bits because my arm began to hurt . . . [They] read like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility . . . The jokes come up through your spleen . . . The riffs don't stop coming in this landmark and deeply aware comic novel . . . [It] puts you down in a place that's miles from where it picked you up. Dwight Garner, "The New York Times"
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Powered by a wicked wit, with characters who speak a pop-philosopher patois, this is a funny and daring novel that subverts harmful cultural assumptions It s this deliberate subversion of harmful cultural assumptions that makes this daring and abrasive novel a joy to read the furthest thing imaginable from a selling out of anyone. "The Guardian"

["The Sellout"] is among the most important and difficult American novels written in the 21st century . . . It is a bruising novel that readers will likely never forget. Kiese Laymon, "Los Angeles Times"

" The Sellout" is a hilarious, pop-culture-packed satire about race in America. Beatty writes energetically, providing insight as often as he elicits laughs. "The Huffington Post"
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Swiftian satire of the highest order . . . Giddy, scathing and dazzling. Sam Sacks, "The Wall Street Journal"

"The Sellout "isn't just one of the most hilarious American novels in years, it also might be the first truly great satirical novel of the century . . . [It] is a comic masterpiece, but it's much more than just that-it's one of the smartest and most honest reflections on race and identity in America in a very long time. Michael Schaub, NPR.org

In . . . one short passage you see more and better comedy, cultural insight, political commentary, anger, grief, truth than you would ever hope to find in any number of entire carefully-plotted contemporary novels. And there are many just-as-inspired moments throughout "The Sellout." "The Boston Globe"

Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised "The White Boy Shuffle "(1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today's America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . ["The Sellout"] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution. "Mark Levin, Booklist (starred review)"

"The Sellout" is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it. Sarah Silverman

I am glad that I read this insane book alone, with no one watching, because I fell apart with envy, hysterics, and flat-out awe. Is there a more fiercely brilliant and scathingly hilarious American novelist than Paul Beatty? "Ben Marcus"

Paul Beatty has always been one of smartest, funniest, gutsiest writers in America, but "The Sellout "sets a new standard. It's a spectacular explosion of comic daring, cultural provocation, brilliant, hilarious prose, and genuine heart. "Sam Lipsyte"
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"" His prose, studded with pop-culture references, has the bandwidth and energy of the best MC in the house, while the books themselves (especially his hilarious fiction debut, "The White Boy Shuffle") contain enough caustic, laugh-out-loud jokes to make Richard Pryor proud. "Rolling Stone" on Paul Beatty"


The first 100 pages of [Paul Beatty's] new novel, The Sellout, are the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read in at least a decade. I gave up underlining the killer bits because my arm began to hurt . . . [They] read like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility . . . The jokes come up through your spleen . . . The riffs don't stop coming in this landmark and deeply aware comic novel . . . [It] puts you down in a place that's miles from where it picked you up. Dwight Garner, The New York Times

[The Sellout] is among the most important and difficult American novels written in the 21st century . . . It is a bruising novel that readers will likely never forget. Kiese Laymon, Los Angeles Times

Swiftian satire of the highest order . . . Giddy, scathing and dazzling. Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

The Sellout isn't just one of the most hilarious American novels in years, it also might be the first truly great satirical novel of the century . . . [It] is a comic masterpiece, but it's much more than just that-it's one of the smartest and most honest reflections on race and identity in America in a very long time. Michael Schaub, NPR.org

Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised The White Boy Shuffle (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today's America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution. Mark Levin, Booklist (starred review)

The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it. Sarah Silverman

I am glad that I read this insane book alone, with no one watching, because I fell apart with envy, hysterics, and flat-out awe. Is there a more fiercely brilliant and scathingly hilarious American novelist than Paul Beatty? Ben Marcus

Paul Beatty has always been one of smartest, funniest, gutsiest writers in America, but The Sellout sets a new standard. It's a spectacular explosion of comic daring, cultural provocation, brilliant, hilarious prose, and genuine heart. Sam Lipsyte

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"The first 100 pages of [Paul Beatty's] new novel, The Sellout, are the most caustic and the most badass first 100 pages of an American novel I've read in at least a decade. I gave up underlining the killer bits because my arm began to hurt . . . [They] read like the most concussive monologues and interviews of Chris Rock, Richard Pryor and Dave Chappelle wrapped in a satirical yet surprisingly delicate literary and historical sensibility . . . The jokes come up through your spleen . . . The riffs don't stop coming in this landmark and deeply aware comic novel . . . [It] puts you down in a place that's miles from where it picked you up." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times

"[The Sellout] is among the most important and difficult American novels written in the 21st century . . . It is a bruising novel that readers will likely never forget." --Kiese Laymon, Los Angeles Times

"Swiftian satire of the highest order . . . Giddy, scathing and dazzling." --Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

"The Sellout isn't just one of the most hilarious American novels in years, it also might be the first truly great satirical novel of the century . . . [It] is a comic masterpiece, but it's much more than just that-it's one of the smartest and most honest reflections on race and identity in America in a very long time." --Michael Schaub, NPR.org

"Beatty, author of the deservedly highly praised The White Boy Shuffle (1996), here outdoes himself and possibly everybody else in a send-up of race, popular culture, and politics in today's America . . . Beatty hits on all cylinders in a darkly funny, dead-on-target, elegantly written satire . . . [The Sellout] is frequently laugh-out-loud funny and, in the way of the great ones, profoundly thought provoking. A major contribution." --Mark Levin, Booklist (starred review)

"The Sellout is brilliant. Amazing. Like demented angels wrote it." --Sarah Silverman

"I am glad that I read this insane book alone, with no one watching, because I fell apart with envy, hysterics, and flat-out awe. Is there a more fiercely brilliant and scathingly hilarious American novelist than Paul Beatty?" --Ben Marcus

"Paul Beatty has always been one of smartest, funniest, gutsiest writers in America, but The Sellout sets a new standard. It's a spectacular explosion of comic daring, cultural provocation, brilliant, hilarious prose, and genuine heart." --Sam Lipsyte

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