Book ‘Sam’ by Allegra Goodman

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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…

Publisher: The Dial Press (January 3, 2023); Pages: 336 pages; ISBN-10: 0593447816; ISBN-13: 978-0593447819; ASIN:‎ B09XM5HXSN

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Author’s biography: 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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