The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski

The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski

by Samantha Geimer
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The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski by Samantha Geimer

In this memoir that “might be the most important and valuable book of the century so far” (The Guardian), Samantha Geimer reveals for the first time her side of one of the most notorious and complex legal cases in American history.

March 1977, Southern California. Roman Polanski drives a rented Mercedes along Mulholland Drive to Jack Nicholson’s house. Sitting next to him is an aspiring model named Samantha Geimer. She is thirteen years old.

The undisputed facts of what happened in the hours that followed appear in the court record: Roman and Samantha spent hours taking pictures—on a kitchen counter, topless in a Jacuzzi. Wine and Quaaludes were consumed, balance and innocence were lost, and a young girl’s life was altered forever—eternally cast as a background player in her own story.

For months on end, the Polanski case dominated the media both in the United States and abroad. But even with the extensive coverage, there is much about that day—and the girl at the center of it all—that has remained a mystery. The few times Samantha Geimer has spoken publically, it has been largely in reaction to Polanski—his latest film, his arrests, his releases. Virtually the entire narrative of Samantha’s life, and even the details of the rape itself, have all been left untold.

Taking us far beyond the known headlines, this is the story of a girl who was simultaneously wise beyond her years and yet terribly vulnerable and even naive. Says New York Times bestselling author Sheila Weller, “Witty, snarky—but also precise and thoughtfully observant…Samantha Geimer is a reflective guide as she humanely tells of a complex violation that hurt but didn’t defeat her.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476716848
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication date: 06/17/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 809,167
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Samantha Geimer is married and has three sons. She divides her time between Hawaii and Nevada.

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The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BenGoldwin More than 1 year ago
The Girl is a book rich with information. Here, Samantha Geimer tells of being at the center of the now famous Roman Polanski sexual assault case. The information is fascinating. A splendid, yet depressing, memoir to say the least.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has a great sense of humor about herself and her life. I found her and her story very endearing. Worth a read. Well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read .....hearing from the horses own mouth
allboysbutme More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked it!! She is funny, honest, and tells it perfectly!! I'm sure she knew there would be a lot of negative people reading this, that wouldn't have anything nice or positive to say. If she was looking for fame or fortune, why did she wait so long to write this book? For a first book,she did a great job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She wrote a book just to get her rapist off. Wow what a joke she is. She wasn't a virgin at 13??? So maybe what everyone said was true and she was just trying to get a part in a movie. How sad she makes women everywhere look bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty pitiful ... if she didn't go on and on repeating the same information in nearly every chapter the book would be about 10 pages long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She had sex with someone famous and wrote a book about it. Thats all it is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It has scarred me for life