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Reading Cross-Legged


Award-Winning Novelist

Welcome to the official site of Sam Polakoff, where you can discover a world of thrilling stories and historical fiction that will transport you to another place and time. Get lost in a narrative that will inspire your imagination and take you on a journey you'll never forget.



The Diary of Essie Lassiter

Historical Fiction

In the runup to the Revolutionary War, a young English midwife is unsuspectingly thrown into the London Debtor’s Prison. With no prospect of retiring her debt, she becomes indentured to Aquila Wright, a wealthy mill owner in the American colony of Maryland. After saving Aquila's life and earning his admiration and trust, Essie faces her biggest challenge when she is asked to start the colony's first hospital. 


The Diary of Essie Lassiter is a startling, first-person account of one woman’s impossible journey to overcome dire circumstances in an 18th century world dominated by pompous men.

Expected Winter 2025

A Personal Note

Here you can explore all my novels and children's book. Each story is a labor of love, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. 

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Enjoy page-turning magic from master storyteller,Sam Polakoff


Saturday, November 2, 2024

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