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Sag Harbor - Colson Whitehead
Sag Harbor
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The warm, funny, and supremely original new novel from one of the most acclaimed writers in America The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs, playing too much Dungeons... show more
The warm, funny, and supremely original new novel from one of the most acclaimed writers in America The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends his falls and winters going to roller-disco bar mitzvahs, playing too much Dungeons and Dragons, and trying to catch glimpses of nudity on late-night cable TV. After a tragic mishap on his first day of high school—when Benji reveals his deep enthusiasm for the horror movie magazine Fangoria—his social doom is sealed for the next four years. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Hamptons, to Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals have built a world of their own. Because their parents come out only on weekends, he and his friends are left to their own devices for three glorious months. And although he’s just as confused about this all-black refuge as he is about the white world he negotiates the rest of the year, he thinks that maybe this summer things will be different. If all goes according to plan, that is. There will be trials and tribulations, of course. There will be complicated new handshakes to fumble through, and state-of-the-art profanity to master. He will be tested by contests big and small, by his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), by the New Coke Tragedy of ’85, and by his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, with a little luck, things will turn out differently this summer.In this deeply affectionate and fiercely funny coming-of-age novel, Whitehead—using the perpetual mortification of teenage existence and the desperate quest for reinvention—lithely probes the elusive nature of identity, both personal and communal.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385527651 (0385527659)
Publisher: Doubleday
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
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javajunco
javajunco rated it
3.0 Sag Harbor
I love Colson Whitehead's other novels, and this one is pretty good, too. But it's not really his normal genre, in fact it's not exactly a "novel" in the strictest sense of the word. There isn't a plot, as far as I can tell. It's one summer in the life of an adolesent boy (roman a clef?) and I found...
Lillie Loves to Read
Lillie Loves to Read rated it
3.0
Wanted to love this book. Ended up liking it.
coffee & ink
coffee & ink rated it
A meditation on the construction of black masculinity in the form of a comic bildungsroman whose protagonist doesn't so much come of age as fumble through growing older. Clever, funny, baggy; I think I prefer Whitehead's more conspicuously artificial and structured work, though.
Deryck's book blog
Deryck's book blog rated it
5.0 Sag Harbor
I spent all summer on this book. I enjoyed my time in Sag Harbor so much that I couldn't bring myself to finish the book, even as I waited anxiously between reading spurts. The characters are so richly and lovingly drawn, the community is vivid. I just can't say enough good things about this book...
drey's library
drey's library rated it
1.0
Sag Harbor was my first B&N First Look book club books. I have been very remiss in my club "duties". While I dutifully read each chapter on the assigned week, I did not really participate in the discussions as much as I want to.I've only made it through 2/3 of the book. I think I lost interest with ...
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