The Sellout

Editorial reviews

The Sellout

Beatty’s novel breaks open the private jokes and secrets of blackness (one of which is that Being Black Is Fun) in a way that feels powerful and profane and that manages not to be escapist.

Perhaps the most topical novel of 2015, The Sellout will have readers re-evaluating their understanding of race and its marked significance on the lives of many Americans.

My understanding of The Sellout is similar to one’s grasp of a wave as it crests, triple-over-head, and pummels you. You feel the power but it’s difficult to explicate. You’re just trying to make it up for air.

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.

Beatty has written a wild new book, an uproariously funny, deliciously profane and ferociously intelligent send-up of so much of our culture.

The Sellout 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, written by an author who truly understands what it means to talk about the history of the country.

It’s a thrilling piece of work and its timing is as spot-on as the questions it poses.

It is a bruising novel that readers will likely never forget, especially those readers with the stomach to imagine and the will to remember the mystery and enduring thump of "our thing."

This slashing novel puts you down in a place that’s miles from where it picked you up.