Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

A Novel

Book - 2009/04/28
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Benji, one of the only black kids at an elite prep school in Manhattan, tries desperately to fit in, but every summer, he and his brother, Reggie, escape to the East End of Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals has built aworld of is own.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2009/04/28
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385527651
0385527659
Branch Call Number: FICTION WHITEHEAD
Characteristics: 273 p

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lukasevansherman
Dec 16, 2015

"Supremely original" says the publisher's blurb. Maybe if you've never read a book or seen a movie about teens in the summer. I have a bias against contemporary, hyped, middle class, white, New York-living, youngish writers, so I thought I'd try Whitehead, who is all the above, but African-American. His novel-a bland coming of age story set on Long Island in the 80s-has all the weaknesses of his peers (Shteyngart, Lethem, Foer): lazy plotting, cleverness, a lack of depth or nuance. More like "Snooze Harbor" or "Suck Harbor."

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robwash
Apr 04, 2013

This is an awesome African-American
coming of age story, and I loved it. I am a few years older than the author, and I grew up in the South, but I could
relate to so much in these pages. This work is not as cerebral as his other novels, but was a great read.

Crheneghan Nov 12, 2011

This is one I definitely want to read.

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