My Novels

My Year With Sammy (Ginninderra Press 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.

‘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.

‘…a moving, intelligent and raw insight…’ Dr Anne Jamison, judge, Society of Women Writers Fiction Book Awards

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. My Year With Sammy won the Society of Women Writers Fiction Book Award 2016.

The Crystal Ballroom (Ginninderra Press 2017)

‘Libby Sommer lays bare the foibles of human nature in her finely observed stories of love and loss in the singles dance scene. Brilliantly drawn with wit, compassion and poignancy, the characters you meet in The Crystal Ballroom are sure to remind you of someone – maybe even yourself.’ – Jan Cornall, Writer’s Journey

‘Libby Sommer exposes the secret lives of the singles who dance at the Crystal Ballroom. Authentic and powerful, this unique book will be loved by the dancers and readers.’ – Frida Kotlyar, ballroom, Latin and Argentine tango dancer

‘Libby Sommer’s fiction has wit but is essentially serious with a subtle but strong underlying pathos, a wry humour and accomplished satirical tone.’ – Amanda Lohrey, Patrick White Award winner

‘Sommer’s existentialism is one of the best and most articulate voices of middle-age angst ever.’ – Richard English, novelist and visiting lecturer, Brunel University London

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