Benji Cooper, the hero of Colson Whitehead’s autobiographical fourth novel, Sag Harbor, is one of the few blacks at his Manhattan prep school and a Dungeons & Dragons fan. He’s one part Cosby kid, one part Oscar Wao. Like Junot Díaz’s übergeek, Benji has a knack for witty observations about his life — particularly his summers on the East End of Long Island. But while Benji’s voice is compelling, the plot is sand-dollar thin. Whitehead rhapsodizes about familiar teenage high jinks but drops only hints about major conflict in the future (a buddy shot dead in drug-related violence). Nostalgia that doesn’t carry the full weight of hindsight feels a lot like solipsism. B
Sag HarborBenji Cooper, the hero of Colson Whitehead's autobiographical fourth novel, Sag Harbor, is one of the few blacks at his Manhattan prep...Sag HarborFictionColson WhiteheadBenji Cooper, the hero of Colson Whitehead's autobiographical fourth novel, Sag Harbor, is one of the few blacks at his Manhattan prep...2009-04-29Doubleday
Genre: Fiction; Author: Colson Whitehead; Status: In Season; Publisher: Doubleday
Posted April 29 2009 — 12:00 AM EDT
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