‘Summertime in a Book’

The Book Beast declares, The Great Summer Read Is Almost Here, referring to Colson Whitehead’s fourth novel,Sag Harbor, coming in late April. According to Jane Ciabattari, writing in The Beast, Sag Harbor,

… reads like summertime in a book.  Whitehead, 39, blunts his usual wild imagination and satiric edge (familiar to readers of The IntuitionistJohn Henry Days and Apex Hides the Hurt) and goes all autobiographical on us. He evokes the season’s glories of the Hamptons of his adolescence, from the sweet anticipation of arrival at the beach house (leaving early to avoid traffic) to the letdown of that Labor Day party (it’s 1985, and the summer’s end anthem is “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now”).

Whitehead talks about Sag Harbor in Sag Harbor, in a video that is so laid back and understated, it’s almost an anti-promotional book video (watch it anyway, especially if you could use a shot of summer right now).


Sag Harbor got a starred review in Booklist. Libraries have it on order in modest quantities (two or fewer for large branches), with comfortable reserve to copy ratios.


Sag Harbor
Colson Whitehead
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-04-28)
ISBN-10: 0385527659
ISBN-13: 9780385527651

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