Colson Whitehead’s Sag Harbor: Black, Affluent, and Witty

Colson Whitehead's Sag Harbor

I’ve long been waiting for Colson Whitehead’s book Sag Harbor,which was recently reviewed in The New York Times. Check out Whitehead speaking about the book in the clip below or read the NYT review.  I don’t like this review. The reviewer seemed just a little too eager to use the term “oreo,” and a little too intent on using hefty metaphors. It seems at odds with Whitehead’s own concise and elegant writing style – that’s beautifully evocative, even cunning in its wit and construction, without being pretentious or including unnecessary flourishes. And I have a feeling there may be nuances the NYT reviewer may have missed. That doesn’t discourage me at all. I’m a fan all the way – ever since I read Apex Hides the Hurt.

Despite the Times review, it seems like the essence of the book is captured. And I for one, remain very excited to read Sag Harbor; it’s going to be a great read. Whitehead is truly talented.


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