I Know This Much Is True: A Novel

Paperback | April 8, 2008

byWally Lamb

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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.

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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 ...

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 ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.49 inPublished:April 8, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061469084

ISBN - 13:9780061469084

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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 A Favourite! There was something about this book that touched me so profoundly that I could never ever forget it. I borrowed it from my local library and was immediately engrossed by the story line, so much so that upon completion and returning it, I purchased a copy of it, as it had become on of my favourite books ever. Wally Lamb's I Know This Much is True is an amazing story of lonesomeness and connection. It is heart breaking but at the same time a joyous story. I felt a great sense of connection to the characters. And in the process Lamb shines a light on how mental illness can affect a person and their family.
Date published: 2016-11-15
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 1 out of 5 by from Inapropriate This bok right here has too many bad words So it is horrible for children and is very bad books should noT have these words i would never add rhings like this eVen the title has bad words
Date published: 2015-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I heart my little a-holes The little bit of language is worth every giggle and smile. So many stories stike home. Too much! Just a hoot.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just what a new mum needs! I love her no holds back approach - she had me laughing the whole time.
Date published: 2014-05-15
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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"A work of astonishing craftsmanship, structural symmetry, and literary self-awareness...Read it and weep." (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)