The Spirit of the Place

Samuel Shem (Stephen J. Bergman, MA & Balliol '66)

Sam's new novel tells the story of an expatriate doctor called home to Columbia, New York, in the early 1980s to face his own history and that of the place. It is a novel of love and death, mothers and sons, ghosts and bullies, doctors and patients, illness and healing. See the attached book review by John A. Vaughn, M.D. from June 2008