And the Winner Is

The Man Booker Prize winner for 2016 is The Sellout. 9781250083258_p0_v5_s192x300

Beatty has been compared to Jonathan Swift for his satirical modest proposal of restoring slavery and segregation in his defunct fictional town of Dickens.  I started to read the book when it won the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction, but I did not get very far into it before deciding to return it to the library.  Not for everyone – unless you are on the Booker committee – Beatty’s language has been compared to a Richard Pryor comedy routine – acerbic in its humor.

Beatty is the first American to win the prestigious Prize.  His other books include The White Boy Shuffle, Tuff, and Slumberland.

Although The Sellout won today, I’m saving my energy for others on the list.  Have you read it?


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