My Novels

book cover My Year With Sammy

My debut novel, My Year With Sammy was published by Ginninderra Press in December, 2015.

Set in urban contemporary Sydney, My Year With Sammy is the complex and poetic story of a memorable child.

‘Parenting and grandparenting are journeys without a compass. In My Year with Sammy, Libby Sommer gives us a raw, heart-rending, insightful and intimate story of one family immersed in the messiness of living with a child who is different. This is recommended reading in juxtaposition with the academic and “how-to” material that is on the market. Something beautiful breaks through from the darkness.’ – Colleen Keating, author of A Call to Listen

‘Sammy is a wild, stubborn girl who is also endearing and fascinating. This is a compelling story of the challenges and joys of parenting, but at the heart of this book is an unforgettable portrait of a determined and unusual child. I loved this intimate, funny and very moving novel.’ – Andy Kissane, award-winning poet and short story writer.

‘The strength of Libby Sommer’s work is its engagement with the contemporary mores and sexual manners of urban Australian life. Her writing is notable for its sensitivity, honesty and humour. She is a chronicler of our times.’ – Amanda Lohrey, Patrick White Literary Award winner in 2012.

‘Libby Sommer writes about this sort of child with more delicacy and intelligence than any other writer on this topic that I’ve ever read….sharp and subtle observations of Australian society.’ – Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, Melbourne Age.

My Year With Sammy was ‘Pick of the Week’ in Spectrum Books, January 2016.  The manuscript was shortlisted in Seizure’s 2015 Viva La Novella Competition and in the UK’s 2014 Mslexia Competition.

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My second novel, The Crystal Ballroom will be published by Ginninderra Press in the first half of 2017