I Am Not Sidney Poitier
ReadHowYouWant.com, Oct 19, 2010 - 336 pages
Not Sidney Poitier is an amiable young man in an absurd country. The sudden death of his mother orphans him at age eleven, leaving him with an unfortunate name, an uncanny resemblance to the famous actor, and, perhaps more fortunate, a staggering number of shares in the Turner Broadcasting Corporation. Percival Everett's hilarious new novel follows Not Sidney's tumultuous life, as the social hierarchy scrambles to balance his skin color with his fabulous wealth. Maturing under the less-than watchful eye of his adopted foster father, Ted Turner, Not gets arrested in rural Georgia for driving while black, sparks a dinner table explosion at the home of his manipulative girlfriend, and sleuths a murder case in Smut Eye, Alabama, all while navigating the recurrent communication problem: ''What's your name?'' a kid would ask. ''Not Sidney,'' I would say. ''Okay, then what is it?''
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - alienhard - LibraryThing
I just loved this book. So strange, so funny. If only I had realized while reading it that most of the major story lines were culled from Poitier movies... I'm eager to read more of Everett's many novels. FIVE HUGE STARS. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - kirstiecat - LibraryThing
This is a good example of experimental fiction working! It's really more like a 4 1/2 star novel. It offers equal parts adventure and an examination of racial prejudice/discrimination. Not Sidney ... Read full review