The extraordinary life of Sam Hell : a novel

by Dugoni, Robert,

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Summary

Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni's coming-of-age story is, according to Booklist , "a novel that, if it doesn't cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border."

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called "Devil Boy" or Sam "Hell" by his classmates; "God's will" is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother's devout faith, his father's practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.

Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God's idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.

Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design--especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he'd always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open--bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.

Winner of Suspense Magazine 's Crimson Scribe Award.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Dugoni has produced a novel that, if it doesn't cross entirely over into John Irving territory, certainly nestles in close to the border. This isn't a crime novel (for which Dugoni is primarily known); rather, it's a kind of extended coming-of-age story about a man, Sam Hill, who was born with unusual eyes, grew up to be an eye doctor, forged lasting friendships (and one lasting and important enemy) in school, fell in love as a boy, fell in love again as a grown man, learned to live without his father and then without his mother, and finally, after years of trying to figure it out, comes to understand who Sam Hill really is. Told in two separate time lines (Sam as a boy, and Sam as a man) that eventually come together, and written in a gentle, introspective yet dramatic style that is very different from that of Dugoni's crime fiction, this is an inspirational story of a man who spends a lifetime getting to know himself.--Pitt, David Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Albinos and albinism -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Publisher Seattle :2018
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Extraordinary life of Sam Hill
Language English
Description 428 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9781503949003
1503949001
9781503948976
1503948978
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