Lake Effect

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Vintage Books, Apr 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages
18 Reviews
A New York Times Notable Book

Winner of the Great Lakes Book Award and the 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library

Raised in an affluent suburb on the North Shore of Chicago, Rich Cohen had a cluster of interesting friends, but none more interesting than Jamie Drew. Fatherless, reckless, and lower middle class in a place that wasn’t, Jamie possessed such an irresistible insouciance and charm that even the teachers called him Drew-licious. Through the high school years of parties and Cub games and girls, of summer nights on the beach and forbidden forays into the blues bars of Chicago’s notorious South Side, the two formed an inseparable bond. Even after Cohen went to college in New Orleans (Jamie went to Kansas) and then moved to New York, where he had a memorable interlude with the legendary New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell, Jamie remained oddly crucial to his life. Exquisite and taut, Lake Effect is a bittersweet coming-of-age story that quietly bores to the essence of friendship and how it survives even as it is destined to change.

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User Review  - Karen Backe - Goodreads

Because I grew up in the same hs district at the same time as the author I mostly enjoyed this read for its yearbook aspect. Read full review

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User Review  - Susan - Goodreads

A great read about growing up in Glencoe, a wealthy suburb north of Chicago, in the 80s, and the author's friendship with another young man not born into the same world of privilege as himself. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Rich Cohen is the author of Tough Jews and The Avengers. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among many other publications. He is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone. He lives in New York City.

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