I Know This Much Is True MOBI ¹ Know This Much

On the afternoon of October 12 1990 my twin brother Thomas entered the Three Rivers Connecticut public library retreated to one of the rear study carrels and prayed to God the sacrifice he was about to commit would be deemed acceptable One of the most acclaimed novels of our time Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection devastation and renewal at once joyous heartbreaking poignant mystical and powerfully profoundly human


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