book reviewSam and His Brother Len
by John Manderino
Academy Chicago Publishers, 1994

Category: Fiction
Format: Hardcover. 248 pp. 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
ISBN: 0-89733-407-8
List Price $19.95

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About the Book
This is the story of two brothers, little boys growing up in the sixties. As the times begin to change, so do the brothers and their relationship. As their world divides they must turn to each other for the understanding and compassion that only shared experience can give.

Publishers Weekly
"Conjuring up a curious blend of Studs Lonigan and Huckleberry Finn with an occasional echo of Franny and Zooey, this first novel is a warmly affecting chronicle of male pubescence. Sometimes with humor, often with anguish and always with sensitivity, this sparkling little fiction details, from early boyhood to the threshold of manhood, the coming of age of suburban Chicago brothers Sam and Len Rossini.

Bringing alive young ambition, fumbling sexuality, broken dreams and hope, Manderino's magically realized novel succeeds equally well as entertainment, psychological study and morality play, and deserves consideration for every reading list."

School Library Journal
" A riveting, sympathetic, believable portrayal of two brothers… A briskly paced, skillfully crafted, compelling coming-of-age story."

The Boston Globe
" compelling…contains moments of great poignancy… remarkable for its sustained ability to surprise and delight."

Booklist
"…his characters are believable, and their dilemmas are both familiar and funny."


   
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