The White Boy Shuffle

The White Boy Shuffle

eBook - 2014
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Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle , is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."
Publisher: [S.I.] : Picador, 2014.
ISBN: 9781466887824
Additional Contributors: Overdrive Inc
Summary: Paul Beatty's hilarious and scathing debut novel, The White Boy Shuffle , is about Gunnar Kaufman, an awkward, black surfer bum who is moved by his mother from Santa Monica to urban West Los Angeles. There, he begins to undergo a startling transformation from neighborhood outcast to basketball superstar, and eventually to reluctant messiah of a "divided, downtrodden people."

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lukasevansherman
Jan 11, 2019

"Everything was multicultural, but nothing was multicultural." Los Angeles-born, New York-based (He teaches at Columbia.) writer Paul Beatty became the first American to win the Booker Prize for his 2015 novel "The Sellout." While I liked that book, his earlier novel, "The White Boy Shuffle," is way better and way funnier; a full title, brash satire of just about every conceivable stereotype and cliche associated with black American lives. Like all good satire, Beatty has a worthy target and is unafraid to push boundaries and to offend. Pick this book up now!

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