Sam by Allegra Goodman EPUB & PDF – eBook Details Online
- Author: Allegra Goodman
- Language: English
- Genre: Romance Literary Fiction
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There is a girl, and her name is Sam.
She has a mother named Courtney and a dad who is sort of around, sort of
not. He lives ten minutes away, but he is not always home. Courtney says
that’s the whole point.
“What is?” Sam asks.
“He’s never anywhere.”
“Yes, he is. He’s somewhere.”
“Very funny,” Courtney says.
Sam is seven and she never stops. She never helps either. Courtney is
exhausted all the time—but it’s not just Sam. It’s Noah!
Noah is two and he has a teddy named Bill. He got a plastic ark for his
birthday, but he only has one lion and one zebra left. You can’t teach Noah.
You can’t even scare him. He thinks no is his name. Sam climbs up inside the
doorjambs to get away from him.
If you want to know how, just take off your shoes. And socks! You have
to be barefoot.
Stand in the doorway to the kitchen and spread your feet as far apart as
they can go.
Wedge your feet into the frame.
Inch one foot up. Then the other.
Inch up some more.
Stop, or you’ll bang your head! Just stay there. Brace your feet against
Courtney says, You know what, Sam? This is getting old, because Sam
likes to stay up there so long. It is not cute.
The day her dad comes over, Sam tackles him. “Where were you? Are
you back? When did you get back?” Before he can answer, she wedges
herself into the doorframe.
“Hey, monkey,” her dad says. “When did you learn to do that?”
Courtney frowns. “A long time ago.”
He just looks up at Sam. “Ready?”
“Okay, let’s go!”
Sam jumps down on him. “Where?”
“I don’t know!” He’s teasing, but she doesn’t care. He’s a jet. He’s a
plane. He’s a parachute. He holds Sam by the heels, and pennies start falling
from her clothes. She is raining pennies that were never there before—but
that’s what happens with her dad.
“Stop that!” says Courtney. “Come on. Mitchell.”
Noah lifts his arms, even though Mitchell is not his dad, and calls out,
Sam is wobbly when Mitchell sets her down, but she recovers fast.
“Yes!” She picks up the pennies. Then she runs to get her purse, and
Noah runs after her. Sam sits on her bed and counts out her dollars. When
Noah tries to climb up, she explains, “Noah, when you get older, you can go
to the fair.”
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