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Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 336
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Literary
Publisher: Dial Press
Format: Hardcover
Author: Allegra Goodman
Language: English
Street Date: January 3, 2023
TCIN: 86441599
UPC: 9780593447819
Item Number (DPCI): 059-01-3180
Origin: Made in the USA


Book Synopsis

"I've been an Allegra Goodman fan for years, but Sam is hands down my new favorite. I loved this powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up."--Lily King, New York Times bestselling author of Writers & Lovers

What happens to a girl's sense of joy and belonging--to her belief in herself--as she becomes a woman? This unforgettable portrait of coming-of-age offers subtle yet powerful reflections on class, parenthood, addiction, lust, and the irrepressible power of dreams.

"There is a girl, and her name is Sam." So begins Allegra Goodman's moving and wise new novel.

Sam is seven years old and living in Beverley, Massachusetts. She adores her father, though he isn't around much. Her mother struggles to make ends meet, and never fails to remind Sam that if she studies hard and acts responsibly, adulthood will be easier--more secure and comfortable. But comfort and security are of little interest to Sam. She doesn't fit in at school, where the other girls have the right shade of blue jeans and don't question the rules. She doesn't care about jeans or rules. All she wants to climb. Hanging from the highest limbs of the tallest trees, scaling the side of a building, Sam feels free.

As a teenager, Sam begins to doubt herself. She yearns to be noticed, even as she wants to disappear. When her climbing coach takes an interest in her, his attention is more complicated than she anticipated. She resents her father's erratic behavior, but she grieves after he's gone. And she resists her mother's attempts to plan for her future, even as that future draws closer.

The simplicity of this tender, emotionally honest novel is what makes it so powerful. Sam by Allegra Goodman will break your heart, but will also leave you full of hope.

Review Quotes

"Allegra Goodman knows. She knows families, their griefs and rages, their love and loss: complicated parents and complicated children. In Sam, she goes deep into the heart and soul and voice of one girl. Sam is a deeply wise and empathetic portrait of this unforgettable girl, making her way into this tricky world and into the reader's life."--Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author of In Love

"Sam is one of the most evocative and tender examinations of youth that I've ever read, and Allegra Goodman fully understands the strange and dreamlike qualities of Sam's world as she tries to navigate it, populated by adults who mean well but complicate every single moment. One of the best writers around, Goodman has made something truly beautiful, evoking a feeling that is hard to name but stirs inside us with every line."--Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing to See Here

"What seems at first to be a simple coming-of-age story deepens under its own weight and shows itself to be a beautiful meditation on all the ways we love and fail each other. I was moved by the cumulative power of Sam, and I'm still rooting for the characters."--Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward

"Bracing . . . Sam's . . . travails gain heft through [Allegra] Goodman's perceptiveness, specificity regarding Sam's emotions, and arresting turns of phrase. It's impressive how much emotional power is packed into this . . . contained story."--Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Allegra Goodman is the author of five novels, two short story collections, and a novel for young readers. Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories. She lives with her family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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A Page Turner!

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Akbaird - 5 months ago
Absolutely loved this book from the writing to the story, it was so well done. This book is written from the perspective of Sam starting when she is 7 continuing through age 19. Sam’s mom has an abusive boyfriend, her brother is special needs, and her Dad is not always reliable. It’s a coming of age story of how Sam handles each and every situation she faces whether its positive or negative. This author tackles difficult situations a child/teen/ adult may face, but all through the eyes of Sam as a child, teen, and adult, which opens your eyes to domestic abuse, coach/athlete relationship issues, alcohol abuse, child abuse on how this can affect family relationships, romantic relationships and future goals. The positive is this book highlighted that positive relationships and friendships can help a person be successful in life. Great book for book clubs including those at high schools as it could lead to discussions on how to handle their own or help support their friends handle difficult situations.
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