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The Hour I First Believed


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Wally Lamb is the author of five New York Times bestselling novels: She's Come Undone, I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, Wishin' and Hopin', and We Are Water. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both #1 New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. Lamb edited Couldn't Keep It to Myself, I'll Fly Away, and You Don't Know Me, three volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for two decades. He lives in Connecticut and New York.


Lamb's third novel tackles the Columbine high school shooting head on as he places his fictional protagonists into the horrific events of April 1999. Caelum and his wife, Maureen, move to Colorado for teaching jobs at Columbine not long before the shootings. As the events unfold, Maureen finds herself in harms way but luckily survives, only to be haunted by the occurrence. Narrator George Guidall reads with an earnest, familiar voice. He draws listeners into this fascinating tale with nothing more than raw emotion and honesty; rarely does such a straightforward performance tap into the human psyche so effectively. A HarperCollins hardcover. (Nov.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Lamb draws for this heady book from his experience teaching women inmates and editing their stories, the fruit of which can be found in his nonfiction titles Couldn't Keep It to Myself and I'll Fly Away. Guidall is resonant as Calem Quirk and believably voices the female characters. For public libraries.-Carly Wiggins, Allen Cty. P.L., Fort Wayne, IN While one admires Lamb's ambition in writing this sprawling tale of trauma after trauma met head on, one may well wish he hadn't been so thorough in describing, say, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or the details of protagonist Quirk's complex family history. Guidall narrates adequately, though women's voices are not his strength. Buy for Lamb's many fans.-John Hiett, Iowa City P.L. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

"A page-turner. . . . Lamb remains a storyteller at the top of his game."--Craig Wilson, USA Today
"A soaring novel as amazingly graceful as the classic hymn that provides the title"--Miami Herald
"Every character is rendered with vivid, utterly convincing depth. . . . A heck of a page-turner."--Dallas Morning News
"Lamb . . . has delivered a tour de force, his best yet. A"--Entertainment Weekly
"Lamb does an extraordinary job narrating some of the most terrifying tragedies of the past 10 epic journey. Grade: A."--Rocky Mountain News
"Lamb has crafted another affecting, engrossing tome about complicated, interesting characters."--Cherie Parker, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Lamb, a maestro of orchestrating emotion . . . knows how to make his fans' hearts sing."--Corrie Pikul, Elle
"Too compelling to put down . . . a richly textured story . . . moving, funny, and completely unpredictable."--Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Wally Lamb is a remarkable talent."--Columbus Dispatch
"When you put Lamb's newest novel down, it will be reluctantly. It's that good."--Knoxville News-Sentinel

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