Searching for Sam
Author: Sophie Bienvenu
Translator: Rhonda Mullins
Publisher: Talonbooks (2020)
Mathieu lives on the street. His main companion is his pitbull, Sam––the one connection he retains in the world, helping him to stay alive. So when Sam disappears out of the blue, Mathieu is left adrift. As he frantically searches for her, his past begins to re-emerge in flashbacks, revealing the tragedies of his life.
Searching for Sam is a monologue written from Mathieu’s perspective, one that draws the reader into his interior world. As writer and journalist Marie Hélène Poitras writes in her insightful foreword, it is a book about survivors that “offers readers . . . a powerful human experience.”