The Girl by Samantha Geimer audiobook

The Girl: A Life Lived in the Shadow of Roman Polanski

By Samantha Geimer
Read by Samantha Geimer

Simon & Schuster Audio
6.41 Hours Unabridged
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In this searing and surprisingmemoir, Samantha Geimer, “the girl” at the center of the infamous RomanPolanski sexual assault case, breaks a thirty-five-year silence to tell herstory and reflect on the events of that day and their lifelong repercussions. March 1977, Southern California. RomanPolanski drives a rented Mercedes along Mulholland Drive to Jack Nicholson’shouse. Sitting next to him is an aspiring actress, Samantha Geimer, recentlyarrived from York, Pennsylvania. She is thirteen years old. The undisputedfacts of what happened in the following hours appear in the court record:Polanski spent hours taking pictures of Samantha on a deck overlooking theHollywood Hills, on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi. Wine and Quaaludeswere consumed, balance and innocence were lost, and a young girl’s life wasaltered forever—eternally cast as a background player in her own story. For months onend, the Polanski case dominated the media in the US and abroad. But even withthe extensive coverage, much about that day and the girl at the center of itall remains a mystery. Just about everyone had an opinion about the renowneddirector and the girl he was accused of drugging and raping. Who was thepredator? Who was the prey? Was the girl an innocent victim or a cunning Lolitaartfully directed by her ambitious stage mother? How could the criminal justicesystem have failed all the parties concerned in such a spectacular fashion?Once Polanski fled the country, what became of Samantha, the young girl foreverassociated with one of Hollywood’s most notorious episodes? Samantha, as muchas Polanski, has been a fugitive since the events of that night more thanthirty years ago. Taking us farbeyond the headlines, The Girl revealsa thirteen-year-old who was simultaneously wise beyond her years and yetterribly vulnerable. By telling her story in full for the first time, Samanthareclaims her identity and indelibly proves that it is possible to move forwardfrom victim to survivor, from confusion to certainty, and from shame tostrength.

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Summary

Summary

In this searing and surprisingmemoir, Samantha Geimer, “the girl” at the center of the infamous RomanPolanski sexual assault case, breaks a thirty-five-year silence to tell herstory and reflect on the events of that day and their lifelong repercussions.

March 1977, Southern California. RomanPolanski drives a rented Mercedes along Mulholland Drive to Jack Nicholson’shouse. Sitting next to him is an aspiring actress, Samantha Geimer, recentlyarrived from York, Pennsylvania. She is thirteen years old.

The undisputedfacts of what happened in the following hours appear in the court record:Polanski spent hours taking pictures of Samantha on a deck overlooking theHollywood Hills, on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi. Wine and Quaaludeswere consumed, balance and innocence were lost, and a young girl’s life wasaltered forever—eternally cast as a background player in her own story.

For months onend, the Polanski case dominated the media in the US and abroad. But even withthe extensive coverage, much about that day and the girl at the center of itall remains a mystery. Just about everyone had an opinion about the renowneddirector and the girl he was accused of drugging and raping. Who was thepredator? Who was the prey? Was the girl an innocent victim or a cunning Lolitaartfully directed by her ambitious stage mother? How could the criminal justicesystem have failed all the parties concerned in such a spectacular fashion?Once Polanski fled the country, what became of Samantha, the young girl foreverassociated with one of Hollywood’s most notorious episodes? Samantha, as muchas Polanski, has been a fugitive since the events of that night more thanthirty years ago.

Taking us farbeyond the headlines, The Girl revealsa thirteen-year-old who was simultaneously wise beyond her years and yetterribly vulnerable. By telling her story in full for the first time, Samanthareclaims her identity and indelibly proves that it is possible to move forwardfrom victim to survivor, from confusion to certainty, and from shame tostrength.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[A] startlingly fresh, personal account…Witty, snarky—but also precise and thoughtfully observant.” Sheila Weller, New York Times bestselling author of Girls Like Us

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Author Bio: Samantha Geimer

Author Bio: Samantha Geimer

Samantha Geimer is the author of The Girl. She divides her time between Hawaii and Nevada.    

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 6.41
Audience: Adult
Language: English