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The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
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Jan 29, 09

Read in January, 2009

I wish I could give this 3.5 stars...perhaps if I had never read Wally Lamb's previous books -- and LOVED them sooo much -- this book probably would have rated 4 - 5 stars. But because my expectations were so high, I think it was almost destined to not quite meet them... however, that being said I think this is a REALLY good book.

Wally Lamb has such a unique and engaging writing style -- he really taps into everyday life of real people. His protangists are always flawed in a perfectly real way. Few writers can capture the essence of a character the way Lamb can. I also enjoyed how he tied together so many profoundly huge real world incidents into this rich novel -- Katrina, Columbine, Iraq war, Civil War -- but the book was not ABOUT these big events, but rather the day-to-day life of people who were affected in some way by them. The book emphasizes without being preachy how these tramatic experiences can alter a person's entire life -- and, indeed, shift the balance of universe for dozens, hundreds, thousands of people that person might come in contact with down the road...

It's a LONG book, but an engaging read...and I definitely recommend it.
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