Book of the Month Discussion*: Sag Harbor.

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From Random House

From Random House

Benji, Reggie, Nick, Clive, Bobby, Randy, Marcus & NP (“Nigga Please”). Back when summers were idle, the coming of September meant reinvention and, in the meantime, there were a ton of “firsts” to be had. First car, first job, first kiss, first (insert your summer story here).

After a long break the anticipation of re-entering the world with anything newly acquired—attitude, clothing, money, height, breasts—have always been at the center of teenage existence. All the twisting, turning, faking and becoming everything that you are not to inadvertently find your way to who you are.

In this bildungsroman, the journey to that self is inextricably linked to that place, Sag Harbor, where Benji’s own maturation takes place. In between doing nothing and finding more of nothing to do, there’s class and race and history, and the feeling every teenager has that they are going through all of it alone.


If you didn’t get a chance to read, here are a few sneak peeks.

  • ernise

    I finished Sag Harbor a few weeks ago. I really found myself laughing out loud at some of the images and descriptions in the book. While I’ve never had a vacation home to go to each summer, I could definitely identify with some of the events in Benji’s life, i.e., new Coke, DAG, the rise of the rap genre in the 80s, clean tennis, etc.

    All in all, I enjoyed the read once I got into. I’ll admit, I found it a tad bit slow initially, but once I was on a plane and the book had my undivided attention, it caught.

  • ladyfresh

    It was a wonderful trip through someone elses memory lane, lol. I kinda wish i could have been there but realized my summer punishments *ahem* trips down south are probably just as funny.

    I wonder how much of the parents issues were a reflection of what happened in Colson’s life. His father is quite the harsh character.

  • rikyrah

    I wound up liking the book. the parents weren’t developed enough, but they weren’t the point of the book – it was about the teens. i felt for the mother, but wanted to shake her in that plate confrontation. the point about the sister was deeper than a notion, and he just let it be, which is sort of how things are in real life. the young man has to process things over time. I did like the book, and how the ending was sort of unsatisfying and not all neat.