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I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
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I Know This Much is True

by Wally Lamb

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I had this book on my shelf for forever and after reading some reviews decided to finally read it. I wasn't disappointed, it was pretty good, just not as great as everyone else seemed to think. The characters were good and so was the story line, it was just soooo long! ( )
  Tabatha014 | Mar 31, 2016 |
My second favorite novel by Wally Lamb. The story is unique and deeply charged. Highly recommend. ( )
  lacey.tucker | Mar 10, 2016 |
This is an absorbing and well written account of siblingness and of mental disorder. A brave book I admire. ( )
  BridgitDavis | Mar 1, 2016 |
2.5 stars

Lamb writes the psychoanalytic process so well. However, this book bogged down with unnecessary detail (the grandfather's diary, for example).

Twin brothers, one of whom is schizophrenic, struggle to find individual identities. Tom commits a horrific act of self-mutilation and Dominick struggles to "save" Tom - spiraling out of control himself. Only when Dominick can come to grips with his anger (at Tom, at his stepfather, at his late mother, at his grandfather, at his "missing" father) can he ultimately forgive those closest to him - and himself. The ending is a little too neat. ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 11, 2016 |
Interesting many layered study of relationships-twins, father son, mother, daughter, marital, ancestors. A long book, but hard to put down. ( )
  Cricket856 | Jan 25, 2016 |
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This book is for my father and my sons.
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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.
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"That's the trouble with survival of the fittest ... The corpse at your feet. That little inconvenience."
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Tony award-winning Ken Howard (1776, Child's Play) reads I Know This Much Is True with the conviction of a used car salesman and the charm of a seasoned politico. Reminiscent of a former football coach recalling his glory days, Howard's booming, rich voice is a beefy compliment to Lamb's powerful prose. Never to be mistaken as a ventriloquist, Howard makes little distinction when moving in and out of character--his voice barely cracks an octave for dainty female personalities. However, this understatement (so to speak) lends to smooth transitions and believable, down-to-earth narration. (Running time: six hours, four cassettes) --Rebekah Warren

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Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation.

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