Lake Effect

Lake Effect

by Rich Cohen
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Lake Effect by Rich Cohen

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375725333
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/08/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,201,312
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

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.


New York, New York

Date of Birth:

July 30, 1968

Place of Birth:

Lake Forest, Illinois


B.A., Tulane University, 1990

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Lake Effect 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SOUTHERN-READING-WOMAN More than 1 year ago
As a mother of two sons close to the age of the author, I gained new perspective about the experiences of middle class males growing up, maneuvering high school, college, first jobs, the girls, and finally settling in. Rich Cohen always makes me laugh out loud, wipe away a tear, glow at the beautiful imagery, and thank the universe for this writer's talent. A nostalgic and necessary read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!!!!!!!!!! I recommend it to everyone. It was very entertaining and funny, nobody would not like it. Everything is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!