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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 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 characterWhen 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


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  1. says:

    It truly pains me to give this book only two stars but after struggling through it I can't bring myself to give it There are definitely redeeming qualities about this novel and ultimately I ended up getting something out of it But it was so hard to push through and it was such a disappointment to me after loving his previous two novels This book is just SO all over the map and after awhile it lost me Bottom line I just didn't much care about the characters Everything ends up coming together in the enda bit too neatly for my taste actuallybut it was a case of too little too late for me I've read rave reviews of this book so clearly others do not agree with me But personally I would not recommend it