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- ISBN: 9780385547680
- ISBN: 0385547684
- Physical Description: 355 pages ; 25 cm
- Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 
- Copyright: ©2021
After seventeen-year-old Samuel "Sooley" Sooleymon receives a college scholarship to play basketball for North Carolina Central, he moves to Durham from his native, war-torn South Sudan, enrolls in classes, joins the team, and prepares to sit out his freshman season, but Sooley has a fierce determination to succeed so he can bring his family to America, working tirelessly on his game until he dominates everyone in practice, and when Sooley is called off the bench, the legend begins.
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Publishers Weekly Review
Sooley : A Novel
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Grisham (A Time for Mercy) shoots an airball in this sappy novel about a South Sudanese teen's journey from his impoverished home to the world of American sports. Samuel Sooleymon, 17, described as the best basketball player in his village of Lotta, is invited to try out for South Sudan's national basketball team amid the civil war's relative peace. Despite undeveloped passing and shooting skills, Sooleymon's natural athleticism appeals to the national team's coach, Ecko Lam. With Sooleymon away in the U.S. for an exhibition game, a rebel rampage through Lotta is described in grisly detail, with the fate of his family uncertain. When Sooleymon learns of the attack, he's determined to return home, but Lam convinces him there's nothing he can do. Eventually, he accepts a full scholarship at North Carolina Central, where he's nicknamed Sooley, dedicates himself to practicing, and determines to gain attention from the NBA so he can earn the money needed to bring his family to the U.S. As Sooley's star begins to rise, though, Grisham tosses in a jarring tragic episode, and clunky foreshadowing and thin characters, such as Sooley's love interest, don't help. This is a disappointing outing from a writer capable of much better. Agent: David Gernert, the Gernert Co. (Apr.)
Sooley : A Novel
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It's no secret that Grisham is a baseball fan, but it's not as well known that he's also an enthusiastic follower of college basketball. In his new novel, he tells the story of 17-year-old Samuel Sooleymon, a Sudanese boy who, like so many of his friends, dreams of playing basketball in the U.S. Unlike many of those friends, Sooley sees his dream come true, only to be hit by tragedy: a civil war brings devastation to his South Sudanese village, and Sooley finds himself, all the way on the other side of the world, fighting to be the best basketball player he can be so he can save his family. It's an intensely moving story, told with the same eye for character and descriptive detail Grisham brings to his crime novels. His occasional forays into general fiction are usually interesting, but this one is considerably more than that. It's skillfully written, with a deeply compelling central character and a story that is full of raw emotion and suspense. A film version seems almost obligatory, but don't wait for that.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Any new Grisham novel draws readers across genres, and this one will add sports fans to his legion of devotees.
Library Journal Review
Sooley : A Novel
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The 17-year-old Samuel "Sooley" Sooleymon gets the chance of a lifetime when he's selected to play for South Sudan in a youth basketball tournament held in the United States. It's a dream opportunity for Sooley, who hopes to be scouted by coaches and perhaps be recruited to play college basketball. As Sooley tries to showcase his talents in the States, tragedy strikes in South Sudan, where a raging civil war leads to his father's death; then his sister disappears, and his mother and brothers become refugees. Sooley ends up with a college scholarship, and he tirelessly works on his game in hopes of becoming successful enough to save his family. The juxtaposition of Sooley's American dream and his family's refugee tragedy is heartbreaking. This book features a lot of basketball descriptions and terminology that may be hard for non-fans to follow. However, there's room to appreciate Sooley's story even for readers who don't know what it means to "hit a jumper from the top of the key." Dion Graham's narration is superb. VERDICT This book is highly recommended for basketball fans. Fans of Grisham will also enjoy this latest display of storytelling prowess, even if the technical basketball aspects aren't as appreciated.--Sean Kennedy, Univ. of Akron Lib., OH