Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Book News: Latest Sag Harbor

Colson Whitehead's Book 'Latest Sag Harbor'
His latest novel, Sag Harbor (Doubleday, $25), tracks the daily activities of a group of bored black teenagers on summer vacation in the Hamptons, on Long Island. They name-check the Smiths. They roller-skate. They even frequent the bar-mitzvah circuit. Sag Harbor seems like an important book because it contributes to the upending of our (white) notions of what it means to be African-American. Like Whitehead, these kids are cool and post-racial. They harbor a certain sense of detachment, a wariness of conflict, and a rational embrace of ambiguity. More