About this book
The new novel from the critically lauded Whitehead. A young black teenager attempts to find a place for himself in the equally rarefied communities of all-white Manhattan and all-Black Sag Harbor. Set in 1985, this is a novel that explores the evergreen topic of teenage mortification.
It's 1985. Benji, the son of a lawyer and a doctor, is one of the only black kids at an elite prep school in Manhattan. He spends much of the year going to roller disco bar mitzvahs and trying desperately to find a social group that will accept him.