Out East Setting & Symbolism

John Glynn
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Montauk

Montauk is where most of the book takes place. The bulk of the narrative focuses on the weekends John spends at the share house in Montauk throughout a single summer. Montauk is described as a retreat from the city for urban New Yorkers, though there is a divide between these weekenders and the locals who live there permanently. The culture that John experiences in Montauk is one of excessive drinking and partying, combined with beachgoing. People in Montauk are looking to have a good time, escape their weekday lives, and to make romantic and/or sexual connections. For John, Montauk represents a turning point. Dealing with the death of his grandmother and his own anxiety and dark thoughts, he hopes that his summer in Montauk will change something about his life. In fact, it does mark a significant turning point as it is in Montauk that John...

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