I Am Not Sidney Poitier: A Novel

Written by:
Percival Everett
Narrated by:
Amir Abdullah

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2023
7 hours 34 minutes
I Am Not Sidney Poitier is an irresistible comic novel from the master storyteller Percival Everett

I was, in life, to be a gambler, a risk-taker, a swashbuckler, a knight. I accepted, then and there, my place in the world. I was a fighter of windmills. I was a chaser of whales. I was Not Sidney Poitier.

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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I finished it and the very next day "Lillies of the Field" with Sidney Poitier was on. There was a vague reference to the characters in the movie in the book...Overall, the book was funny not entertaining funny but haha funny. Narrator was very good!

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