“I loved this powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon from deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up.”

—LILY KING, on SAM

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About SAM

Allegra Goodman’s new novel is deceptively simple: it is about a girl who grows up. But underneath its straightforward chronology and spare sentences lie layers of extraordinary depth, sensitivity, and tenderness. SAM offers subtle yet powerful reflections on class, parenthood, addiction, lust, and the irrepressible power of dreams. This is a novel that asks, What happens to a girl’s sense of joy and belonging—to her belief in herself—as she becomes a woman?

About the Author

Allegra Goodman’s novels include Intuition, The Cookbook Collector, Paradise Park, and Kaaterskill Falls (a National Book Award finalist). Her fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Commentary, and Ploughshares and has been anthologized in The O. Henry Awards and Best American Short Stories.

Praise

“I loved this powerful and endearing portrait of a girl who must summon from deep within herself the grit and wisdom to grow up.”

—LILY KING, on SAM

“If you're hankering for a feast of love, let yourself fall under the spell of Allegra Goodman's delicious tale. You won't leave hungry.”

—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW on The Cookbook Collector

“. . . 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.”

—ANNA NAPOLITANO

“This is a novel full of wit and spark . . . [it] not only moved me, but gave me goosebumps.”

—THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
on The Chalk Artist

“SAM is one of the most evocative and tender examinations of youth that I have ever read.”

—KEVIN WILSON

“Superb . . . Goodman performs with the precision of a scientist and the flair of an artist at the top of her game. Grade: A.”

—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
on Intuition

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