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Allegra Goodman, author of SAM, in conversation with Julie Barer and Daniel Goldin - a virtual event
Boswell Book Company presents an evening with Allegra Goodman, author of Sam. In conversation with Julie Barer and Daniel Goldin.

"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. 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 yearns to be noticed, even as she wants to disappear. 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. It will break your heart, but will also leave you full of hope.

Daniel loves this novel: "Even if you’ve read Allegra Goodman before, you’ve never read a novel like Sam. It’s told completely from her perspective, keeping just the amount of distance you might expect from an adolescent who values her privacy. With any number of childhood setbacks, Sam’s seminal years leave her insecure at best and entering adulthood with any number of missteps. It’s rock climbing that gives her a sense of purpose, and while it doesn’t take her where she wants to go, it does lead to unseen paths - she just needs to find the right footholds. Quiet but powerful."

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.

Purchase a copy here: https://www.boswellbooks.com/book/9780593447819

Jan 5, 2023 07:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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