Below Sunlight

Below Sunlight For twenty three years Sam has lived an ordinary life in Seattle with his mother sister and friends But after a romance with his girlfriend ends in tragedy Sam escapes to New Mexico in hopes of fin

  • Title: Below Sunlight
  • Author: Ryan Adam Smith
  • ISBN: 9780557316717
  • Page: 310
  • Format: Paperback
  • For twenty three years Sam has lived an ordinary life in Seattle with his mother, sister, and friends But after a romance with his girlfriend ends in tragedy, Sam escapes to New Mexico in hopes of finding adventure and leaving his past, family, and friends a distant memory In Albuquerque, a place filled with sun and blue skies and where he is a stranger, Sam meets Lola,For twenty three years Sam has lived an ordinary life in Seattle with his mother, sister, and friends But after a romance with his girlfriend ends in tragedy, Sam escapes to New Mexico in hopes of finding adventure and leaving his past, family, and friends a distant memory In Albuquerque, a place filled with sun and blue skies and where he is a stranger, Sam meets Lola, an angel obsessed woman with secrets of her own, who invites him to be a part of her close knit circle Below Sunlight is a gripping, and sometimes funny, story of addiction, lust, sorrow, and the burden dark secrets carry.

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  • Ryan Adam Smith

    Ryan Adam Smith is the author of Below Sunlight and many other brilliant and terrible pieces of literature which will never leave the confines of his mind Basically, Ryan is exactly the kind of guy that spends all day writing, coming up with crazy ideas that may work or end in disaster, and sometimes drinking whiskey Actually, whiskey s involved a lot.

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  • I received this book via First Reads Program. I did not receive any sort of financial reimbursement for this review. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.------------------------------------------------------------"Below Sunlight" is the debut novel by Ryan Adams Smith and what a stunning debut it is.The novel centers around the main character named Sam, who has recently left his home in Seattle to escape the pain of a tragedy he himself feels responsible for. He heads down a path of se [...]


  • I’m not even sure where to begin reviewing this book as the ending gave me whiplash and I’m still trying to recover from it. Maybe I should just start with the ending and work backwards from there. I don’t think anyone can predict the ending and it definitely caught me by surprise, but at the same time I absolutely loved it. I loved the way all the loose ends were tied together and I couldn’t have imagined a better ending for it. The ending leaves you with the feeling that the characters [...]


  • I have been reading a lot lately, but don't usually write much about the books I read. Usually just a comment or two. However, something pushed me to write something more about this book. I finished it about two months ago when it first came out and have been thinking about it ever since. It was really intriguing and gripping with a great ending. The characters were engaging in a thought provoking way, and all the usual (I couldn't put it down, thought about it all the time, etc) apply. Of cours [...]


  • A friend loaned me this book and I found it a very interesting read, especially for a new author. It reminds me a little of the writing of Willy Vlautin in that the characters are flawed, struggling and headed down a dark path but still interesting and trying to deal with the issues that have been thrust upon them and that they have created for themselves. Reading about Sam and his friends seem to be a window into the drug culture that I don't have a lot of familiarity with but seems to be belie [...]


  • I literally could not put this book down. As the story develops i couldn't help but feel a connection to the vulnerable, yet twisted main character named Sam. Sam's story is one we can all relate to on some level and I found it fascinating to see where the extreme could take you. Although this story is filled with tragedy, it's biting humor and eccentric characters kept me laughing all the way through. I never expected the twist during the last ten or twenty pages and as with all good books I di [...]



  • First, according to the rules, I must state that I won this book from the First Reads giveaway. The first thing I found amusing, and slightly suspect, was before the novel even technically begins, on the dedication page. I’m not sure why the author felt compelled to say “this story is a non-autobiographical work of fiction.” This book appears from the outside to be a novel, and novels generally are fiction rather than autobiographies, at least as much as it is possible for any author to c [...]


  • (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)We're just two weeks away now from my upcoming public talk with Nathan Rabin, head writer of the astonishingly great AV Club; and one of the reasons I find Rabin so great is that he not only reviews projects from our culture but even coins brand-new cultural phrases himself, such as the "Manic Pixie Dream Girl [...]


  • The book kept my attention. The story describes the maturation process of a young man who grows from depending on others for his happines/self-worth to making his own decisions and recovering his self respect. I would recommend this book to others.




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