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ISBN: 9781772012460 | Paperback

144 pages | Pub. Date: 20200506
5.5 W × 8.5 H × 0.368 D inches
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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.”

"[A] sad, sweet, ultimately hopeful tale."
Montreal Review of Books

By Sophie Bienvenu

Sophie Bienvenu is a Québécois writer. After studying visual communication in Paris, she settled in Quebec in 2001 and quickly established herself as a successful blogger. Et au pire, on se mariera (La Mèche) her first novel, was followed by Chercher Sam (translation forthcoming from Talonbooks, 2019), and Autour d’elle, translated as Around Her by Rhonda Mullins (Talonbooks, 2018). Ceci n’est pas de l’amour (This Is Not Love) was her first poetry collection, published in 2016 by Poètes de brousse. Bienvenu’s writing takes its readers on an emotional journey, an intense exploration of profoundly human characters, transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Translated by Rhonda Mullins

Rhonda Mullins is a freelance translator and journalist in Montreal. She has translated books, articles and film narrations. Mullins is also the managing editor of the online literary magazine carte blanche.

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news | 2020-09-22
Oana Avasilichioaei, Sophie Bienvenu, Mercedes Eng, Anne-Marie Saint-Cerny at the Winnipeg Thin Air Festival

…View Sophie Bienvenu reading from Searching for Sam at https://youtu.be/FmvbJxnnG9w. View Mercedes …


news | 2020-06-09
Searching for Sam has arrived!

Searching for Sam is the second book by popular Québécois novelist … ( Around Her , pictured above, is the first.) Searching for Sam tells the story of Mathieu, who lives on the … of his life. Translated by Rhonda Mullins, Searching for Sam is a monologue written from Mathieu’s … powerful human experience.” Pick up your copy of Searching for Sam today! …