More Praise for Green

“A comically geeky coming-of-age story that brims with anxiety, resentment, and a surplus of compassion . . . a riot of language that’s part hip-hop, part nerd boy, and part pure imagination . . . Green earns . . . a spot on the continuum of vernacular in the American literary tradition, from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to The Catcher in the Rye.“ —The Boston Globe

“[A] subtly humorous, surprisingly touching coming-of-age narrative . . . a memorable and moving portrayal of a complicated but deep friendship that just might survive the weight placed on it.”Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

“Prickly and compelling . . . [Sam] Graham-Felsen lets boys be boys: messy-brained, impulsive, goatish, self-centered, outwardly gutsy but often inwardly terrified.”The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)

“A coming-of-age tale of uncommon sweetness and feeling.”The New Yorker


“Superb . . . a memorable first novel . . . [Green is replete with] wonderful characters, fully realized and multidimensional.”Booklist (starred review)

“[Green] poignantly captures the tumultuous feelings of adolescence against the historical backdrop of a racially segregated city and country.”Library Journal (Editor’s Pick)

“[Green] has lovely rollicking language and passages [and] a kind of honesty… that’s really appealing.” —Emily Bazelon, on Slate’s Political Gabfest


“Sam Graham-Felsen achieves an extraordinary balancing act, creating a poignant and convincing coming-of-age story while at the same time reflecting much larger themes about race and the country’s changing social landscape.”—Jewish Book Council

“Please read Green. You will fall in love with Graham-Felsen's David from his first utterances on page one of this original, thought-provoking twist on an important subject - race relations... A truly memorable moment-in-time novel and a great read.” —Indie Next Citation

“Funny and on the money, Green is a perceptive reflection of how far we still have to go… Wry and moving.”Shelf Awareness

“One of the most original voices you’ll read this year.”Southern Living

“Masterfully crafted… Graham-Felsen’s novel is both an ambitious and timely effort… The literary DNA of [Henry] James and [Philip] Roth [is] on display.” — Literary Matters

[Green] excels as both an eminently relatable and emotional coming-of-age story and as a love letter to a time and a place… a deft exploration of race, class, and privilege that crackles with all the excitement and heartbreak one feels at that age.

Politics and Prose, Staff Pick