Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead audiobook

Sag Harbor: A Novel

By Colson Whitehead
Read by Mirron Willis

Random House Audio
11.30 Hours Unabridged
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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 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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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2010 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist for Fiction

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

One of the 2009 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction

Selected for the May 2009 Indie Next List

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Whitehead has tapped the most classic summer-novel activity of all: nostalgia…The pleasure is in the way Whitehead recalls it, in loving and lingering detail.” Time
“Effortlessly readable…Masterful at recreating the organized chaos of the teenage mind.” Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Delicious.” New York Times Book Review
“The novel’s eight chapters are, in effect, masterful short stories [that] riff on the essential quests of teenage boys: BB guns, nude beaches, beer, and, above all, the elusive secret to fitting in.” Washington Post
“Warm and funny, carefully observed, and beautifully written…Whitehead seems to be having the time of his life.” Boston Globe
“Weaves a spell that is by turns enchanting, mood-shifting, and side-splitting.” Elle
“Surges and sings…Stokes our emotions and intellect at once.” Dallas Morning News
“Just as Benji is in the process of remaking himself, one gets the feeling after reading Sag Harbor that Whitehead is taking his first artistic steps away from what has come to be expected from ‘Colson Whitehead.’ And it’s safe to say, we’re happy, and very lucky, to have both the who he was and the who he’ll become out there, telling us like it is.” San Francisco Chronicle
“By acknowledging that adolescence’s indignities are universal, and that the search for self is endless, Sag Harbor brings this truth home.” Vanity Fair
“Whitehead has a David Foster Wallace-esque knack for punctuating meticulously figurative constructions with deadpan slacker wit.” Los Angeles Times
“Ebullient, supremely confident.” San Diego Union-Tribune
“Imagine a younger version of Bill Cosby, only more lyrical and far racier, with added literary and sociocultural references at his disposal, and a greater familiarity with what the book terms ‘the insistent gray muck that was pop culture’ as it seeped through the 80s.” Newsday
“Beautifully written.” Details
[Whitehead] takes on a multitude of issues with a rich and probing imagination. His reputation is likely to soar. Ishmael Reed, Washington Post Book World
[Whitehead] writes wonderfully, commanding a lush, poetic, mellifluous prose instrument. The Nation
Whitehead is making a strong case for a new name of his own: that of the best of the new generation of American novelists. Boston Globe
Pure shimmering brilliance. Colson Whitehead’s affecting new novel joyously lights up a place, a time, a family, and one unforgettable young man. It is also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, a book loaded with the kind of humor that can only soar off a heartbreaking sadness. Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante’s Handbook
No novelist writing today is more engaging and entertaining when it comes to questions of race, class, and commercial culture than Colson Whitehead. USA Today

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Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Author Bio: Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books. He is a Pulitzer Prize finalist and recipient of a Whiting Award and a MacArthur Fellowship.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.30
Audience: Adult
Language: English