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University of Connecticut, B. Racquetball, running, rock and roll. Box Willimantic, CT Fresh Air Fund, host parent, —; member of the board of directors of the public library in Willimantic, CT, — Editor Couldn't Keep It to Myself: Work represented in several anthologies, including Streetsongs: Connecticut author Wally Lamb is only the second writer to have two novels chosen to the nationally popular Oprah Book Club.
His debut novel, She's Come Undone, was chosen as a notable work by television talk-show host Oprah Winfrey inand his follow-up work, I Know This Much Is True, earned the same honor inresulting in two bestsellers for the author.
Both books present unsparing portraits of troubled people in troubled families. On the Web site Teenreads. Characters that engage us—have us laughing, crying, hoping and praying for them as they stumble through life—trying to make sense of it all.
In his view, it's not just the present that's the pits, that gives you nightmares and ruins your chances for happiness, it's also the ghosts of dysfunctional family members and your nonrelationship with a mocking, sadistic God, whom you still turn to in times of trouble—which is all the time.
Larson added that "this big, warm, embracing book is filled with a generous love and understanding of women. As Lamb once explained to CA, the use of a female narrator was not a conscious choice on his part.
As I began to invent a life around the voice, I had no idea that I was starting a novel or that the story would take me eight-and-a-half years to complete. She endures her parents' failing marriage for several unhappy years before a divorce lands her mother in a state mental hospital and sends Dolores to live with her grandmother.
The child's time there is also far from happy; she receives little comfort from her distant grandmother and is later raped by a neighbor.
By the time she leaves for college, Dolores has become obese and withdrawn. Her fixation on her roommate's boyfriend, Dante Davis, offers little hope of satisfaction, and she eventually attempts to take her own life. Dolores, following in her mother's footsteps, winds up in a mental hospital.
But unlike her mother, Dolores uses the experience as a means of reinventing herself. She loses weight, hatches a plan to win Dante's heart, and upon her release, she makes this dream a reality. Further misfortune awaits her after she is married, but Dolores proves herself a durable survivor who is able to carry on.
Though She's Come Undone is loaded with potentially grim material, critics have praised Lamb's use of comedy to lighten the story.
Hilma Wolitzer, reviewing the novel in the New York Times Book Review, found that "its pleasures lie primarily in its lively narrative and biting humor," and the critic also characterized She's Come Undone as "an ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book.
Lamb once told CA, "I began writing fiction on Memorial Day, the morning our first child was born. After an 'all-nighter' in the delivery room, my wife and baby son were sleeping, and I ran home to grab a quick shower.
I don't pretend to understand the chemical or psychological mix of adrenalin, exhaustion, and shower water which produced for me that morning the first fictional voice I ever heard: By instinct, I jumped out of the shower, ran naked down the hallway, and scrawled on a piece of paper what the voice had said.
About a month later—after I'd become proficient with diaper pins and carseat buckles—the jotted note resurfaced and I began what became my first story, 'Mister Softee,' which was published in Northeast magazine three years later.
He found that the two pursuits—writing and teaching—often complement one another. My students, who rightfully assumed that their papers were, at that point, faits accompli, usually skipped the comments and flipped immediately to the grade.
As I committed myself increasingly to fiction writing, I began to see that the most meaningful assignments come from the writer herself or himself and that feedback is helpful when the writing is ongoing, not after it's finished.Dominick Birdsey's identical twin, Thomas, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.
With medication, he can function properly and work at a coffee stand, but occasionally he has severe episodes of his rutadeltambor.comher: HarperCollins. Wally Lamb's I Know This Much Is True About two months ago, in a meeting of the Literary Group, I held out my opinion that tellers of stories wrote best when they had lived the life they were writing about.
Jan 01, · Wally Lamb's second novel, I Know This Much Is True, was probably a result of the success of his first effort - She's Come Undone, which was selected by Oprah for her book club four years after its initial publication in His sophomore effort, published in , also got stamped with Oprah's round seal - this can be considered either a blessing or a curse, but one thing is certain: it /5.
Description: 'This Much I Know is True' is a work of the heart. Through essays on the nature of love and life, and mystical poetry to nourish the soul, Mary Francis Drake offers a refreshing, uplifting experience to be contemplated and assimilated into the being of the reader.
sentenced to life in prison for murdering her lover. Sharpened by harsh Lamb, Wally. I Know This Much Is True Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin an unhappy union that poisons their ado-lescence and haunts them as adults.
Inventive and imaginative, I Know This Much Is True is one of those rare books that has the ability to make every other book pale beside its rutadeltambor.com is the story of Dominick Birdsey's journey, and it is a journey fraught with insanity, pain, hatred and, most of all, love/5(9).