2016 Man Booker Prize Winner

2016 Man Booker Prize Winner

The winner of the 2016 Man Booker Prize was announced today! And the winner is . . .

the-sellout

The Sellout, by Paul Beatty

This is the first time an American has won the award.

I listened to half of the audio book of this one for the Tournament of Books this year, but got distracted. It actually won the 2016 Tournament of Books, so I really need to finish it.

Here’s the blurb:

A biting satire about a young man’s isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty’s The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality—the black Chinese restaurant.

The 2016 Shortlist
Paul Beatty (US) The Sellout (Oneworld)
Deborah Levy (UK) Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) His Bloody Project (Contraband)
Ottessa Moshfegh (US) Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
David Szalay (Canada-UK) All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
Madeleine Thien (Canada) Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

Do you follow the Booker prize? Do you plan to read this year’s winning book?