Sammy's Hill by Kristin Gore
A Novel

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"The fact that I had managed to become a health-care analyst for a U.S. Senator at the age of twenty-six still surprised me, and I lived in fear that someone would realize how ridiculous it was to have given me this authority and fire me on the spot."

Idealistic, dedicated to her job, and a bit of a hypochondriac, Samantha Joyce has a very busy life. Working a seventy-hour week and mastering the details of the latest health-care reform bill, while making time to celebrate obscure but significant holidays such as the twenty-ninth anniversary of The Partridge Family series finale, leaves little time for romance. But then she meets Aaron Driver, the handsome speechwriter for a rival senator. Sammy falls for him hard, despite the fact that his ambitious boss is the emblem of everything she hates about congressional hardball. When you work on Capitol Hill, even dating becomes a political act.

Try as she might, Sammy isn't the sort of person who can keep from speaking her mind, no matter how much trouble it causes. Whether she's trying to thwart a filibuster, detox a constituent, or recover from mistakenly emailing a racy message to over two hundred of Capitol Hill's political elite, Sammy stays true to herself, foibles and all. And before she knows it, she finds herself at the heart of a romantic tangle, a major showdown over health care reform, and the highest-stakes contest of alla presidential election campaign.

Kristin Gore is a keen observer of politics with a sharp ear for comedy, and her first novel is a triumpha captivating, hilarious page-turner with a loveable heroine who will charm readers on both sides of the aisle.

 

About Kristin Gore

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Gore was born in 1977 and graduated from Harvard, where she wrote for the Harvard Lampoon. She lives in Boston.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Hyperion. 400 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Soon after the elder Wye dies, leaving behind an illegitimate presidential half-brother fathered in an assisted-living facility, Sammy witnesses the president being dosed with the experimental Indian drug to counteract his alcoholism.

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Say what you will about Samantha Joyce, the 20-something health policy adviser who rides again in “Sammy’s House” — the second installment in what threatens to become a long-running D.C.

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The New York Times

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his comic romance novel by Al Gore's daughter Kristin appears to be the product of poll testing and market research -- fitting enough in a town, Washington, where people treat their social lives like a political campaign, sending out drunken calls for company at 2 a.m. via BlackBerry and organizi...

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Publishers Weekly

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The sequel to Gore's debutSammy's Hill (under film development) finds White House aide Samantha ""Sammy"" Joyce, now in her late 20s and suffering from irritable bowel syndrome, still handling crisis after crisis.

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Publishers Weekly

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This first novel by Al Gore's daughter is a fun, fast read, anchored by likable heroine Samantha Joyce, who spends her days toiling as domestic policy adviser to the noble Ohio senator Robert Gary, while neurotically carving out a social and romantic life.

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BC Books

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Sammy’s seemingly stable relationship with Washington Post reporter Charlie and focus on her projects for the vice-president makes things a bit more serious (but Sammy still knows when to have some fun).

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BC Books

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I adored Sammy in Sammy's Hill, so I was thrilled to get the chance to read Gore's latest novel, Sammy's House.

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USA Today

In the overpopulated category of chick lit, Kristin Gore has pioneered a refreshing and charming variation that might be called "pol lit."First in her 2004 novel Sammy's Hill and now with this month's sequel Sammy's House, the Goracle's middle daughter offers up the romantic and professional adve...

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A self-effacing, emotionally immature but informationally intelligent character, Sammy often muses throughout her daily routine “how difficult these simple tasks would be without my right arm.” Her belief that she was truly working toward a better world often comes at odds with the realities of e...

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