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With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal—this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world.

Topics: Connecticut, New York City, 1990s, Emotional, Psychological, Heartbreaking, Panoramic, Mental Illness, Twins, Schizophrenia, Family, Brothers, Siblings, Love, Death, Fathers, Suicide, Abuse, Depression, Dysfunctional Family, Guilt, 20th Century, American Author, and Male Author

Published: HarperCollins on Oct 1, 2002
ISBN: 9780061745799
List price: $11.99
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I LOVED this book. I have a fascination with mental disorders and this takes you inside the life of the "sane" one and how he deals with his brother. It's a long book, but so worth it.read more
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This story really winds up for the pitch and does not disappoint. I found myself nodding off a little towards the end of "she's come undone". Not so much reading this novel though. I was gripping the edges of the book to the very end. Perhaps to hear of sadness, tragedy, mental illness, but also sweetness, family and devotion. This is a really great book!read more
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This was a long one and took me a long time to read but I liked it all the same. Wally Lamb has a nack for creating VERY flawed characters. They almost come to life and you want to shake them and tell them that they need to straighten up! I work with the mentally ill and this book does a pretty good job of showing the heartache and turmoil that a family goes through when someone dear is living with mental illness. The hope that the new meds will work and they will become "normal" again and the sorrow when they relapse.read more
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I LOVED this book. I have a fascination with mental disorders and this takes you inside the life of the "sane" one and how he deals with his brother. It's a long book, but so worth it.
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This story really winds up for the pitch and does not disappoint. I found myself nodding off a little towards the end of "she's come undone". Not so much reading this novel though. I was gripping the edges of the book to the very end. Perhaps to hear of sadness, tragedy, mental illness, but also sweetness, family and devotion. This is a really great book!
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This was a long one and took me a long time to read but I liked it all the same. Wally Lamb has a nack for creating VERY flawed characters. They almost come to life and you want to shake them and tell them that they need to straighten up! I work with the mentally ill and this book does a pretty good job of showing the heartache and turmoil that a family goes through when someone dear is living with mental illness. The hope that the new meds will work and they will become "normal" again and the sorrow when they relapse.
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There is much to like about Lamb's writing. I found, in the end, however, that the thing I liked most is also the thing I liked least.What I didn't like about the book was the constant, deeply troubling graphic portrayal of severely dysfuntional individuals and families, the never-ending vulgar and obscene language along with descriptive episodes of verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Not my normal reading fare.However, the thing that Lamb does so well is the 'true-to-life' rendering of a multi-generational, multi-faceted and riveting story of a family struggling with a bag full of life's biggest challenges - schizophrenia and domestic abuse, to name two. Each little detailed aspect of the character's lives, interactions and thoughts were presented in a way that engaged me on practically every one of the book's 897 pages.For all the dysfuntion, the ending seemed, to me, a bit too 'happily ever after'. While I admire Lamb's writing and found myself enthralled by the story, I was put off by some things to the point that I doubt I will read another of his books. 
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This is an excellent look at what family members go through when someone they love has a mental illness. Dominic's twin brother touches every aspect of his life. Dominic has to learn to deal with his own failures and accomplishments, keep an eye on his brother, and not lose his own mind in the process. He doesn't always do or say the right things, or have the best attitude about life, but he does the best he knows how. It's a long book, but very much worth reading.
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Loooong book. Read it on a flight to Korea. If you enjoy Wally Lamb, I suggest reading She's Come Undone first.
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