Wednesday, February 25, 2009

SAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead

I'm reading SAG HARBOR by Colson Whitehead for the Barnes and Noble book club. It's a semi-autobiographical coming of age story about the black community in Sag Harbor in 1985.

First let me say that I love the book. I read a little this morning then started surfing around and happened on a video of Colson on YouTube. He's walking around Sag Harbor and talking about his book and he makes you feel like you're right there with him.

Several others in the book club have said they're waiting for a plot to emerge. Well as Colson himself says, this is "a slice of life, we were nerds, nothing much happens." I hope he was being facetious. He's a master of the metaphor; he paints vivid pictures of time and place like nobody else. His writing makes me green with envy. I can't wait to get further into the book and discussion.

Watch the video yourself.
Colson Whitehead on YouTube