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Sag Harbor - A Novel

Colson Whitehead

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.

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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Genres:

Fiction

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Mirron Willis

Length:

11h 19m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:14


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:56


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:23


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:44


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:21


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:49


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:30


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:11


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:09


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

09:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

09:02


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

09:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

08:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:03


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:28


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:56


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:52


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

09:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:10


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

08:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

09:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

06:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:16


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:42


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:59


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

09:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:44


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

09:01


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

09:16


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:58


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:56


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:16


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:23


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:57


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

09:12


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

09:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

09:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:55


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:12


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:51


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

08:47


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

09:16


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:56


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:43


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:48


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:32


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

09:31


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:08


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:56


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

09:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

09:01


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:34


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

06:07


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:38


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

09:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:02


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:54


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

08:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:21


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:49


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

00:34