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Read & Download I Know This Much Is True ☆ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ 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 Much Is True is a story of alienation and connection devastation and renewal at once joyous heartbreaking poignant mystical and powerfully profoundly hum. This is my favorite book ever I was reading it while I lived in New York during the 2 weeks I was holed up in my apartment in New Jersey recovering from the shock of 911 adjusting to life all alone in a big city with just my baby daughter who at that time I felt some ambivalence about missing my older two children and mostly learning how to live after extracting myself from a rigid and controlling church experience I felt very much like I was learning how to live with a consolation prize as a life I was very very lost at that timeThe protagonist had also had his life turned upside down by the death of his baby daughter his wife leaving him and his brother's suicide The story weaves it's way back and forth from his present to his past and back again as you piece together the story of his life and learn how he got to where he is In the end he's restoredWhen I finished the last page of this book I cried because my time with him was over I tried to read another book by Wally Lamb but it wasn't the same I love love love the main character in I Know This Much Is True

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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. This is a book I have been meaning to read since 1997 That's actually even before it was officially published which might seem weird if you didn't already know that Wally Lamb was teaching writing at my high school at the time he was working on this novel; and if you didn't know that my freshman English class helped edit one of the first chapters back in 1994 or 1995The novel tells the story of Dominick and Thomas Birdsey identical twins dealing with very fraternal problems namely that Thomas is schizophrenic and Dominick is almost his last remaining caregiver The novel is about many things but most of all as told from Dominick's perspective it is about forgiveness of the self of family of our pasts both personal and collective I know a number of the people named in the acknowledgements including several of my high school teachers and my high school gets a shout out as well I didn't know Lamb very well but I always found him pretty favorable one of those teachers you like because they never actually have to give you a grade I never read this book until now because I also have a connection to one of those named in the dedication to Sam Deglin a high school friend who along with her younger brother Randy was killed in a freak car accident in front of our high school in January of 1997 I knew she and Randy were named in the dedication and for this reason I avoided the book I didn't want to know how their deaths connected wtih the story and I didn't want to be reminded at all of my hometown in southeastern Connecticut where I assumed correctly it turns out the book was setI think enough time passed in order for me to feel OK about this bookand in fact once I began reading I couldn't stop The references to people places and events of my hometown were only part of the allure this book is beautifully written and the structure of the novel which jumps back and forth between the 1920s 1940s 1960s and 1980s with refreshingly little unnecessary exposition contributes to the sense that like the mind of Thomas Birdsey who I guess you could call the antagonist things are never what they seem and that sometimes the answers to our biggest fears and uestions were right in front of us all along I would recommend this book highly but it certainly helps to know a thing or two about growing up in Norwich Connecticut too

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I Know This Much Is TrueAnd 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. 901 pages I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb is by far the best book I've read in a long time Calling it my favorite is an understatement; as is trying to sum it up in one review During the break all I wanted to do was read I read about 300 pages a day I can't describe what exactly made me love the book but I can guess First of all every character was carefully crafted by the author and each forced me to care about what happened to them The protagonist Dominick Birdsey was the perfect unconventional hero His struggle to stay sane while caring for his schitzophrenic twin brother and a host of other problems was both depressing and inspirational Another reason I couldn't put the book down was the intricately woven plot At one point in the book I was reading the story of Dominick who was reading the story of his grandfather Domenico who was telling the story of his wife's sister who was telling the story of her mentor All of this should have been confusing and impossible to follow but the author somehow managed to put it all together and keep readers up to date It seemed like he knew exactly when to stop telling one story and get back to another that the reader was wondering about Also every part of the plot was necessary symbolic and important to fully understanding Dominick's past and present The book got especially disturbing towards the end but the happy and in some ways triumphant ending ensured I'd never forget this book is not for the faint of heart but is sure to move any reader with one