Why You'll Like It: Satire. Comedy. Poignant Race Observations.
I had such a hard time describing this book to people. While reading in my Chicago-based hair salon, two ladies approached me about the book. I tried not to appear flustered, yet I am sure they were internally raising eyebrows as I described the summary.
Driving back from Chicago, I shared the experience with my husband and he laughed while I read. His own interest piqued and we had fantastic racial discussions revolving around the few parts I read aloud. The Sellout shines not necessarily from the story itself, but from the racial and equity observations.
BonBon Me is a black man that has a case with the Supreme Court (over a lot of things) most notably about owning a slave. He takes you in flashbacks of his upbringing and how he got into the slave business.
You meet Me's imaginary town of Dickens and all the crazy residents that inhabit that space (including Me's own father). He takes you through his life until he ends up with a court case with charges a mile long and a lawyer arguing about his unmitigated blackness. The ending was SO GOOD! I do not want to spoil it because it resonates deeply. I will mention two race issues through life experiences. On the ties between racial identity and self-esteem:
On being quiet when your outspokenness could matter:
There were so many gems in this book. I found out on Twitter that this book is even FUNNIER on audiobook. I might have to read it again on audio. I'm sure the narrator will just be hilarious!