Sunday, October 26, 2008

Happy Birthday, Wally Lamb

She's Come Undone is my favorite book. Every year since the first time in 2002, I pick it up and settle in for a day to read the 480 pages, cover to cover. It is a remarkable story about a girl's life, from age 4 to age 40, through divorce, hospitalization, love, sadness and triumph. Most interesting for me? The novel's author, Wally Lamb, is a man, and never before have I read anything that so touched and understood a character of the opposite sex. And for me, that is a beautiful ability, as a writer and a person.
October 17th is Mr. Lamb's birthday, and around the day that I began another bestselling novel of his, I Know This Much is True, a tale of identical twin brothers, one schizophrenic, one by society's standards, "normal." So far, so amazing. My congratulations to the author, for another profound story. I look forward to reading and re-reading his books forever.


1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed She's Come Undone, but I didn't love it nearly as much as I loved I Know This Much Is True. It's a whopper of a book but oh man, it is so fascinating and emotional and significant. I'm so glad you're loving it and I can't wait to hear your reaction once you've read the whole entire thing!


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