Sam is a half-French, half-American youth living in contemporary Paris. His midnight meanderings through the city are narrated by a young, lost American girl he happens upon one night in an alley. The narrator follows Sam through a series of apartments, bars, and nightclubs as he confesses his reluctance to identify as "half American." Under the haze of kirs and red wine, Sam describes the conflicting expectations of his dual-passported family, his desire to stay in France, and how he will never be the kind of son his American father demands he be. Intertwined with stories from Sam's bilingual childhood, as well as from lycée, this portrait of transcontinental adolescence includes the lives and accents of Sam's young compatriots. In an increasing effort to understand Sam and his personal conflict, the narrator finds herself struggling with her ability to communicate in another country, her own identity, and her place as a foreigner.
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Koa Beck was born on Kauai, HI and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She is a graduate of Mills College and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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