I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True

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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.


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.

Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2008, c1998
Edition: 1st Harper Perennial ed
ISBN: 9780061469084
Branch Call Number: FICTION LAMB
Characteristics: viii, 901, 16 p. ; 21 cm


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Jun 08, 2018

Very good read - recommend.

JCLCatherineG Mar 03, 2015

This is one of the best and most intense books I've ever read.
Right from the start this book has you completely absorbed in the lives and history of these twin brothers. It's harsh, tragic, and very real. You'll remember this family long after you finish the book.

Aug 26, 2014

If you think cutting off your hand with a butcher knife and mental illness are entertaining, read on.

Aug 25, 2014

Still an all-time favorite even though it has been years since I read it.

Feb 06, 2014

My husband and I both enjoyed this.

Feb 06, 2014

Another great Lamb book, I enjoyed it.

Sep 18, 2013


BrigidScott Jan 17, 2012

I liked it, but am I the only one who thinks that Wally Lamb might have a lot of emotional baggage?

Sep 27, 2011

This book is absolutely amazing!!!! I haven't found a book that has matched this one.

snowbird922 Aug 18, 2011

My first Wally Lamb book was She's Come Undone, and I think at the time I was still at the stage where I under appreciated the value of a good book. Having read this book you can see Mr. Lamb's great passion for writing and emotion. In this book he says all the things that people dont talk about concerning sibling rivalry, the truth about what we feel our parents do to us that affect the outcome of our adulthood. When I saw all 891 pages I thought I was going to be bored by the end of this book but on the contrary I was more ensconsed with each chapter. Dominico's story and Dominick's reaction to the chain of events in his life had me intrigued from beginning to end. To Mr. Lamb I agree with you yes a book this size is a monster and a daring move but you pulled it off and its emotion rings with every word.

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FavouriteFiction Oct 14, 2009

Housepainter Dominick has a far from average family. His grandfather seemed to take parenting tips from the SS and his grandmother was a possible teenage murderess. His stepfather is a latent sadist, and his brother Thomas is a politically motivated psychopath. Dominick continues the dysfunctional legacy with rape, a failed marriage, a nervous breakdown and a racist conspiracy against a co-worker.


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