Wally Lamb

Author of She's Come Undone

Wally Lamb

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The author of Shes Come Undone, The Hour I Believed First, and I Know This Much Is True, is Wally Lamb. Two have been featured as Oprahs Book Club selections. Lamb has been the recipient of the Connecticut Center for the Books Lifetime Achievement Award, the Connecticut Bar Associations Distinguished Public Service Award, the Connecticut Governors Art Award, the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, the New England Book Award for Fiction in 1... 999, and the Missouri Review William Peden Fiction Prize. He holds a B.A. in Education from Connecticut University and an M.A. in English from Vermont College and an M.F.A. in Writing. Since 1999, Lamb has served as a volunteer facilitator for a writing workshop at the York Correctional Institute, a maximum-security women's prison in Niantic, Connecticut. He has published two autobiographical essay collections entitled Couldnt Keep It To Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters (2003) and Ill Fly Away (2007).READ MORE

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A purple African violet so lush and fleshy it looked edible... his fingers as cool and smooth as beach stones.

Love is like breathing. You take it in and let it out.

That was the big joke, wasn't it? The answer to the riddle: There was no one up there in Heaven, making sure the accounts came out right. I'd solved it, hadn't I? Cracked the code? It was all just a joke. The god inside my brother's head was just his disease. My mother had knelt every night and prayed to her own steepled hands. Your baby died because of ... because of no particular reason at all. Your wife left you because you sucked all the oxygen out of the room, so you pretended she was the one in bed with you while you screwed your girlfriend and her boyfriend hid in the closet, watching.

Life seemed nearest to acceptable at four A.M.

But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?

-- that books were mirrors, reflective in sometimes unpredictable ways.

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