Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

A Novel

Large Print - 2009
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The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. After a tragic mishap on his first day of high school his social doom is sealed for the next four years.

But every summer, Benji escapes to the Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals has 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 dares to hope that this summer will be different.

There will be trials and tribulations, of course -- from the complicated new handshakes, and state-of-the-art profanity, to his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), and his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, with a little luck, things will turn out differently this summer.



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The year is 1985. Benji Cooper is one of the only black students at an elite prep school in Manhattan. After a tragic mishap on his first day of high school his social doom is sealed for the next four years. But every summer, Benji escapes to the Sag Harbor, where a small community of African American professionals has 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 dares to hope that this summer will be different. There will be trials and tribulations, of course - from the complicated new handshakes, and state-of-the-art profanity, to his misshapen haircut (which seems to have a will of its own), and his secret Lite FM addiction. But maybe, with a little luck, things will turn out differently this summer.

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009
ISBN: 9781602855069
1602855064
Branch Call Number: L FICTION WHITEHEAD
Characteristics: 420 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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