The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

A Novel

Book - 2018
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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.

Publisher: Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, ©2018.
ISBN: 9781503949003
Characteristics: 428 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 27, 2019

If you liked A Prayer for Owen Meany, you might want to pick this book up. I thought it had a similar feel to it and was overall a very good story.

Jun 03, 2019

This was a great book! Such a surprise from this author, who I have read many of their detective novels but not this one. You just grew to love Sam and his life, cast of characters and his struggles. This will especially appeal to you if you went to Catholic school, you will be able to relate.

May 10, 2019

great book. creative with a good mix of characters. the language is strong and has a nice cadence each chapter well paced and interesting.

Mar 12, 2019

A really interesting novel of prejudice and faith.

Jul 27, 2018

I enjoy coming of age books and books where kids have a fierce friendship and bond. This book had both. It follows three friends from grade school thru adulthood. I loved all three of them. Sam’s mother was also a great character. She was deeply religious and a force to be reckoned with when it came to defending and supporting Sam. If you are a catholic school alumni you may especially relate to this book as a good portion of the book follows Sam through the Catholic school system during the 1970’s. Faith, love, acceptance, forgiveness, loyalty are all apart of the story. I really liked it - didn’t want it to end.

May 11, 2018

A wonderful human interest story. Quite a departure from a typical Dugoni book. This demonstrates his versatility. One of my favorite authors.

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