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Books : The Hour I First Believed.....
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From: MSN Nicknamemisszell  (Original Message)Sent: 11/9/2008 4:01 AM
My FAVE author....Wally Lamb has a new book coming out on Tuesday (finally!!)......i can't wait to buy it!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb: Book Cover


Wally Lamb's two previous novels, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, struck a chord with readers. They responded to the intensely introspective nature of the books, and to their lively narrative styles and biting humor. One critic called Wally Lamb a "modern-day Dostoyevsky," whose characters struggle not only with their respective pasts, but with a "mocking, sadistic God" in whom they don't believe but to whom they turn, nevertheless, in times of trouble (New York Times).

In The Hour I First Believed, Lamb travels well beyond his earlier work and embodies in his fiction myth, psychology, family history stretching back many generations, and the questions of faith that lie at the heart of everyday life. The result is an extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.

When forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers a cache of old diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in an upstairs bedroom of his family's house. The colorful and intriguing story they recount spans five generations of Quirk family ancestors, from the Civil War era to Caelum's own troubled childhood. Piece by piece, Caelum reconstructs the lives of the women and men whose legacy he bears. Unimaginable secrets emerge; long-buried fear, anger, guilt, and grief rise to the surface.

As Caelum grapples with unexpected and confounding revelations from the past, he also struggles to fashion a future out of the ashes of tragedy. His personal quest for meaning and faith becomes a mythic journey that is at the same time quintessentially contemporary -- and American.

The Hour I First Believed is a profound and heart-rending work of fiction. Wally Lamb proves himself a virtuoso storyteller, assembling a variety of voices and an ensemble of characters rich enough to evoke all of humanity.


Wally Lamb's books are neither short nor simple; but like a James Patterson of emotions, he pulls readers in and doesn't let go. His affecting novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True are marvels of imagination and empathy.

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 Message 2 of 8 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nickname_AmesSent: 11/9/2008 8:01 AM
*jumps up and down*
I love him! I haven't been letting myself buy books but I need this one!!!!

 Message 3 of 8 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 11/9/2008 6:56 PM
i think it's about as long as his last novel........almost a thousand im going to try to read slowly cause im always sad when i finish a book........especially his because he takes too freaking long to come out w/ a new one!

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From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 11/16/2008 8:25 PM
good so far.......and i LOVE that he keeps making references to stuff from "i know this much is true"........he went to school w/ Dominick and Thomas Birdsey.......and Lived in Three Rivers.......i hope he meets up w/ dominick in his adult life cause i want to see what he's up too!

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From: MSN NicknameMezzosoprano97Sent: 11/28/2008 5:58 PM
I just started it and I'm hooked! :)

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From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 11/28/2008 7:54 PM
I usually will read a book this size in a few days........took me a few weeks.......i was into it but a bit disappointed........i just loved his other books SO much i was expecting something more.......i did enjoy it though......just finished it yesterday

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From: MSN NicknameStephenYzedSent: 11/29/2008 1:21 AM
50% off at Borders today and tomorrow.

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From: MSN NicknamemisszellSent: 11/29/2008 5:25 AM
well that sucks....i paid 30 you are done Mezz please let me know what you think....

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