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Sag Harbor: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

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Also by Colson Whitehead:

The Underground Railroad, August 2016
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The Noble Hustle, May 2014
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Zone One, July 2012
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Zone One, October 2011
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Sag Harbor: A Novel, May 2009
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Apex Hides the Hurt, March 2006
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The Intuitionist, January 2000
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Sag Harbor: A Novel
Colson Whitehead

Doubleday
May 2009
On Sale: April 28, 2009
288 pages
ISBN: 0385527659
EAN: 9780385527651
Hardcover
$24.95
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Fiction

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.

Media Buzz

Charlie Rose - August 5, 2009
Tavis Smiley - June 12, 2009
Tell Me More - May 6, 2009

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