White People on Vacation (Paperback)
Nate the nihilist is depressed and thinks everything will be better in Hawaii, a vacation he scored by freeloading off his rich girlfriend (Daddy’s credit card pays for it all). The whole book is a hilarious rambling narrative of his existential trip to Hawaii, a place where white tourists, himself included, mar the landscape and culture with their garbage and arrogance. I loved this sardonic tale of capitalism and climate change, class war and race, and a young twenty-one-year-old just trying to figure out who he is, and which girl to love. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Nate’s voice rings true and you might love him or hate him, or both. For fans of Ottessa Moshfegh’s MY YEAR OF REST AND RELAXATION (it’s that kind of bleak-funny).— Sam
White People on Vacation is a story about the struggle to live a meaningful life in the era of late-stage capitalism. More specifically, it is about a group of college students (white) who take a vacation (cursed) to Hawaii, which is paid for by their parents (loaded). Everybody has a terrible time in this portrait of clueless haoles attempting to leverage their generational wealth and skin color to attain the good life. White People on Vacation is a beach read for socialists, a swan song for human aspiration in the age of climate apocalypse.