The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell
Books | Fiction / General
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.
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"I enjoy a good coming of age story and this one didn’t disappoint. While Sam faces many challenges in his life, this book is centered around family, friendship, and faith and his relationships with each. At it’s heart it is a love story between a mother and her son. The power of a mothers love can make all the difference in a life as seen in the life of Sam Hill. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️"
"Such a touching, heartwarming book. Hard to put down and a page turner! I definitely will be reading more from this author! What great characters! A tale of family, faith, life and friendship! Absolutely fantastic!"
"this felt like a combination of two of my favorite books i read this year: the saturday night ghost club and now that you mention it that being said, this book really struck a chord with me. before i knew it i was invested in the characters and the many twists and turns their lives took. it was bittersweet and poignant when it needed to be. i may not believe in the religious arch of sam hill but i can still appreciate that it’s the journey he was meant to take."
"Growing up with a tight knit group of friends, initially bound by discrimination. A story of self acceptance. A story with humor, sorrow and a must read"