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Sag Harbor: Colson Whitehead Answers Your Questions

Colson Whitehead, author of the club’s July read, answers questions that ranged from why he paced the book as he did to why he went the semiautobiographical route to what sort of adult life he envisioned for the book’s main character. Q. Why were the kids left so unsupervised? Do you think it was a different time back then? A. […]

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Sag Harbor: Chapters 7 and 8, Plus Colson Whitehead

Here is the last post for Sag Harbor. Ann McGinty and VaniSan (and anyone who might have felt similarly), thank you for your comments! I’m genuinely encouraged and grateful that you connected with this novel in your own ways.

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Sag Harbor: Chapters 5 and 6

Hi, everyone: Chapters 5 and 6 have some very sad moments involving families, I think. In Chapter 5, we get more of a look at Benji and Reggie’s parents, who never notice Benji’s swollen eye. The Coopers are a “Cosby family, good on paper.” But this characterization is immediately undermined by their father’s new nickname for Reggie. We see how […]

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Sag Harbor: Chapter 4

I’m glad there were some readers who remembered the New Coke tragedy and found it funny. There are lots of ’80s references here and there that I identify with, but to list them all would make these posts even longer! So, in this chapter, I noticed that Benji spends a good amount of time thinking about the families that no […]

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Sag Harbor: Chapters 2 and 3

Hi, everyone: Mary, I am sorry to hear that you dislike this book so much. I was hoping readers would find it enjoyable and funny, if not relatable. I, too, am neither male nor black, and I did not grow up going to a summer home, but I can understand Benji’s awkwardness and flubbed attempts to figure out how he […]

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Sag Harbor: Chapters 1 and 2

So I think the first chapter nicely sets the tone of Benji’s coming-of-age, which will not play out as a series of plot-driven events, but as a gradual realization of life being different from what it was before. And I think that is pretty much what happens when you find yourself in adolescence.

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Sag Harbor: An Introduction

Hi, fellow readers: My name is Janet, and I’m a copy editor at Real Simple. What copyediting entails is reading every story in each issue at least twice (usually thrice) and making sure every word and/or sentence adheres to the rules of grammar, spelling, punctuation, sense, and style. (I hope you have not come across many mistakes in the magazine. […]

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