The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell: A Novel
Known for his mystery thriller series about homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite, Robert Dugoni’s recent stand-alone novel is sentimental in the best of ways. As a child, Sam Hell was bullied and discriminated against for his unusual red eyes, bold evidence of his ocular albinism. At his mother’s insistence, Sam is reluctantly accepted into a private Catholic school where he is known as “Devil Boy.” The worst of his tormentors is David Freemon. Life for Sam is bleak until he befriends the only African American boy in the school, Ernie Cantwell, and later a fiercely individualistic girl named Mickie Kennedy. With his devoted parents and supportive friends, Sam manages to navigate his turbulent teenage years and eventually becomes a respected ophthalmologist. However, Sam’s red eyes, which he now hides with colored contacts, his relationship decisions, and painful past with Freemon is all about to catch up with him.
Most of the novel follows one timeline, written in Sam’s voice, looking back on his life as a boy. Another timeline, which tells of Sam’s current struggles, weaves nicely in and out of the main narrative. Dugoni’s writing is compellingly quick, simple, and evocative; readers will immediately empathize with young Sam and will race to discover how his story ends. The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell is a heartwarming novel that celebrates overcoming the unfairnesses of life.
|Page Count||448 pages|
|Publisher||Lake Union Publishing|
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