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Sam's Crossing Hardcover – November 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum; First Edition edition (November 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689121695
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689121692
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,761,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

First novelist Hays offers a fresh, humorous and discerning portrait of 30-something life in Atlanta. Kate and Sam, a couple for four years, agonize over their next step. Kate, a social worker in the neonatal unit of a hospital, wants to have a baby. Sam, a would-be writer and bookstore clerk, doesn't want to lose her, but fears he's not up to the challenge of fatherhood and family. When she leaves him, the devastated Sam spends six months learning how to cope with his loneliness, Kate's new relationship with a doctor colleague and the redheaded woman who keeps popping up in his life. His continued love for Kate makes possible a surprise ending which proves that life doesn't always lend itself to simple solutions. Hays enlivens an already absorbing narrative with a colorful cast of characters, including Kate's aimless brother, her adventure-seeking mother, Sam's co-workers and the blissfully married Rose and Lamar, who extol the virtues of parenthood. The novel could be stronger in its weightier moments, but overall it is a perceptive and vivid debut.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Kate, a neonatal social worker, and Sam, a bookstore clerk, have lived together for four years in suburban Atlanta. Kate wants marriage and a family--not necessarily in that order--and Sam is not so much "afraid of commitment" as afraid of action and decision. Kate deals with the fragility of life on a daily basis and is consumed with the need to seize the day. In frustration, she leaves Sam and goes in search of motherhood. Sam is devastated. He wants everything she wants but can't muster the courage to confront her and speak his mind--until fate intervenes. This first novel is much more than just another 1990s love story. The characters are real, and Hays's portrayal of this familiar theme is poignant, funny, and very enjoyable. Recommended.
- Susan Clifford, Hughes Aircraft Co. Lib., Los Angeles
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Movie Diva on October 28, 2008
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The book was from a library. It had some old water damage to it.But I'm pleased.
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