Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor

A Novel

Book - 2009
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In 1985 Benji Cooper is one of the few to attend an elite prep school in Manhattan. Benji gets by in the prdominately white world, but during the summers he truly comes alive. Escaping to the Hamptons in a world built by African-American professionals, he thrives in his all black refuge.Maybe, just maybe, this will be different this summer, as Benji is tested as never before.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385527651
0385527659
Branch Call Number: WHITEHEA C
Whitehead, C
PS3573.H4768 S35 2009
Characteristics: 273 p. ; 25 cm

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This novel by the author of the award-winning Underground Railroad details the lives of middle-class black children left to their own devices in their summer haven on Long Island during the eighties.


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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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