I Know This Much Is True: A Novel by Wally LambI Know This Much Is True: A Novel by Wally Lamb

I Know This Much Is True: A Novel

byWally Lamb

Paperback | April 8, 2008

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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.

Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including theNew York Timesand national bestsellerThe Hour I First BelievedandWishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction,She's Come UndoneandI Know This Much Is True, were both number-oneNew York Timesbestsellers and Oprah's Book Club selections. He lives ...
Title:I Know This Much Is True: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.49 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Know This Much is True is a powerful book It has very complex characters touching on many aspects of the human condition, schizophrenia, depression, adoption, death and love. The story centers around Dominick Birdsey, the sane counterpart to his schizophrenic and paranoid identical twin, Thomas. Dominick acts as an advocate for his brother while at the same time struggling with his own personal battles. Dominick's infant daughter's death at three weeks is heart breaking. So is his indulgence in a "what if" fantasy seven years later, as he imagines taking her to dancing lessons, something he would have done if she hadn't died. It's a story of overwhelming sadness and obstacles faced by Dominic and his ability to continue through life. I enjoyed the first part of the book where bounced back and forth between now and back to when the boys were growing up with an abusive step father and a mom who was basically afraid of her own shadow. We also learn about Dominick’s grandfather, who immigrated from Italy and who died just before Dominick and Thomas were born. The grandfather, Domenico was a larger than life character in the book.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Still don't know. I can honestly say that I still don't know how I feel about this book. It is SO long (and drawn out) and a lot of it is predictable, but it did provide an interesting perspective on schizophrenia.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Read I've read this book a couple times, it's in my top favourite books list. Wally Lamb writes characters so well and this book is filled with them.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! First book I read from Wally Lamb and I was hooked. Beautiful story, very well written. I couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2017-12-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A rollercoaster of emotions. Truly Wally Lamb's best novel.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful storytelling! Wally Lamb is always a great pick. I could not put this book down, and it was a roller coaster of emotions. I always recommend this book when friends are searching for books to read. One of my favorites.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book Wally Lamb is a wonderful storyteller and this book does not disapoint
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite This book wasn't my favorite. I actually had to start it twice because i had stopped reading. I find it just a little hard to get into.
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Every now and then a book comes along that is so captivating, so brilliant and so gratifying that I wish it would never end. This is such a book. I don’t remember how I discovered this amazing novel, but most likely it was through positive reviews, and an abundance of recommendations by book lovers everywhere. I finally caved in and picked up a copy, but despite the wonderful things I'd heard about this book, I was reluctant to start reading it. Why? Because it’s about 900 pages long! I am always hesitant about reading books that are lengthy for a couple of reasons: 1) I’m absolutely certain that a novel this long will include a lot of boring chapters and 2) the book will take forever to finish, which will use up time that I can put towards reading something else. Well, let me tell you, nothing could be further from that when it comes to this book. When I did finally start this story after months of it sitting on a shelf, I was so mesmerized that I just zipped right through it within a short period of time. When the story ended, I was upset. Not because the story was bad but because 900 pages for something this amazing is much too short! I could have easily zipped through another 900. There are no words impressive enough to describe this masterpiece. Read it and you'll understand what I mean.
Date published: 2017-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT book I had read 'She's come Undone' but did not really pay attention that this was the same author. When i started reading this book, i couldn't put it down. I would sneak away to read another page or two whenever i could. I was so sad when it was over. GREAT book!!!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of the most amazing novels about brotherhood, loss and regret. This is truly Wally Lamb's masterpiece and my favorite book by him. This novel will stay with you for a long time.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another one of Lamb's classics Another book by Lamb that you will not be able to put down. His story telling has a way of involving you, pulling you in so that you feel you have to finish reading as it is almost your own experience. A big book but is read very quickly!
Date published: 2017-03-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from not as good as his first novel I tried to read this after his amazing novel "she's come undone" but just couldn't get into it.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I have yet to read a book by this author that I haven't completely enjoyed. Once you begin the book you can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a classic Wally Lamb if you are a fan of wally lamb, you will love thi sbook as much as you did the others.
Date published: 2017-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Engaging story - keeps you interested until the end.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked You will not be able to put this book down. I have bought several copies and passed it along to friends and family.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read! Good read but at times was hard to read due to the some of the sadness in the story.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read! Beautifully written and engaging story!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Linked by Blood Over the past several years, I have always found an excuse not to read Lamb's colossal psychological tearjerker, I Know This Much is True. I had an inkling that I would be quite taken with its protagonists, but it required a considerable amount of time and abandon. Well, I devoured this tale in a two day timespan while working during the Christmas holidays. I Know This Much is True weaves the tale of identical twin brothers Dominic and Thomas, one who is an emotionally crippled house painter and the other is a paranoid psychizophrenic; the latter's actions will have harrowing consequences on the state of mind of the other. Lamb continues to marvel without dousing us in heavy sentimentalities and that is no mean feat at over 900 pages.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I never wanted it to end It touched me right to the core. I loved it so much. It was a long read, and daunting and overwhelming to look at. But it was pure magic. The characters, I wanted to hug them, and hold them, and tell them that it was all going to be okay. An incredible author. Amazing story. I was sad when my involvement in their lives was over.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing author! This is the first book I ever read from him. It was a real page turner. Truly a great story about family :)
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, sad, so real Dramatic opening! This book felt so real to me that sometimes the psychiatrist's sessions felt almost like my own! So sad and so believably written.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I know this much is true Excellent story that slow unfolds the mystery and impact of mental illness on individual family me members
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Fantastic sad and insightful It even made me realise things about myself
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic A well written and engaging story. I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2013-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could Not Put This Down This novel is huge but definitely worth it.. Domenic & Thomas are identical twins, except one has schizophrenia. We are introduced to them as adults in 1990 and through flashbacks relive their childhood lives with them. So many issues are addressed in this novel. The family dynamic , sibling rivalry, mental illness, friendship, love, loyalty, the state of the medical system and so much more I cannot even describe. The characters are very interesting, bringing many sidelines to an already captivating story.This is extremely well written and will hold you hostage from the very first line. I was not too fond of the ending,those of you that have read it will know everything was tied up too perfectly , but that said I still give it 5 stars .It is still very good, If you are going to read one book this year make it this one.
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating, Poignant, Unforgettable... At first daunted by the sheer size of this book, I was intrigued by the comments of so many others. We'll I'm here to say it was as good and even better! Mr Lamb you have done it again. Grabs you from the very first sentence and doesn't let go until the last. A cast of characters that will remain with you forever and a rich tale with many layers very beautifully told. A must read for everyone.
Date published: 2009-08-15

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