I Was There the Night He Died

I Was There the Night He Died

Book - 2014
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Sam Samson, meet Samantha. Sam's a novelist: his dad has Alzheimer's, his mother died of stroke, his wife was killed seventeen months ago in a car crash. Samantha, eighteen, is a cutter. She lives across the street from Sam's parents' house. Marijuana and loneliness spark an unlikely friendship, which Sam finds hard to navigate, especially as his dad's condition worsens and the money for his care suddenly vanishes. Yet somehow, between a record player and a park bench, through late-night conversations about the deaths of Sam's musical heroes, and ultimately through each other, Sam and Samantha learn to endure the things they fear most. Starring a 40-something writer who stumbles through the small town he thought he'd left behind forever, and a marooned teenager who wishes she were anywhere else, I Was There The Night He Died is a saucy, swaggering look at loss, love, and the redeeming power of music in the twenty-first century.
Publisher: Windsor, Ont. : Biblioasis, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781927428696
Branch Call Number: ROB
Characteristics: 223 p. ;,19 cm

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santiano9
Aug 15, 2014

Excellent read. Well crafted story of a man taking care of his father at the end of his days in a small Southwestern Ontario town. He meets a young woman with problems of her own and they support each other without any syrupy leanings, Great side introduction to wonderful music and perfect description of small town life. What a gem.

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lauramcl
Jun 07, 2014

Although this novel received some glowing reviews, I didn't care for it all that much because I found the narrator (Sam) character tedious & self-important. I thought Samantha, the teenage neighbor, Sam's Uncle Donny & his friend Steady Eddie were much more believable characters. Robertson is capable of a clever turn of phrase ('Welcome to Chatham, Ontario - All the Problems of a Big City with All the Inconveniences of a Small Town') but I found the novel just an okay read.

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molmil8
May 14, 2014

This was a great Can-Lit book, and a welcome break from the 770+ page last book I read! It can be read in one or 2 sittings, and you will recognize the people as people you have know before and the place as a place you lived in or visited before.

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