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Genres :Fiction , Literary Fiction , Adult
Published By : HarperCollins
Published On : May 01, 1999
ISBN : 0060987561 (ISBN13: 9780060987565)
Format :Kindle Edition
Language :English
No. of pages : 928
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    “I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things. This much, at least, I've figured out. I know this much is true.”
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    “But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?”
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    “With destruction comes renovation.”
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    “Power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed.”
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    “I walked over and looked closer at the statue of the goddess. She was wearing a headdress with a skull and a cobra and a crescent moon. Maybe this is what peace of mind was all about: having a poisonous snake on your head and smiling anyway. ”
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  • Both a moving character study and a gripping story of family conflict are hidden somewhere inside the daunting bulk of this annoyingly slick second novel...Lamb writes crisp, tender-tough dialogue, and his portrayal of the decent, conflicted convincing.

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  • As we learn more about the twins’ tormented childhood...the novel quite deliberately assumes a darkly fated dimension that transforms an unhappy working-class New England family into mythic world archetypes. You may wish that its structure were sleeker and its resolution less tidy, but you couldn’t ask for a more beguiling summer read.

    Jan 17, 2015 Read full review
  • The length, combined with the vast sweep of the book's plot, voices, time-periods, locations, and themes...was meant to be an epic in the classic sense. But the uneven writing - which ranges from the hilarious to the horrific to the hopelessly banal - guarantees this won't be one for posterity.

    May 23, 2015 Read full review
  • This is a book weighted heavily with the travails and dangers of love, of family, of friendship...Lamb is a master, a teller of dark tales, but more importantly, a speaker of the truth. His nine-hundred page narrative reads like a short story and will make you cry and snarl and blush with the wonder in the world.

    May 22, 2015 Read full review
  • But thanks to well-sustained dramatic tension, funky gallows humor and some shocking surprises, this sinuous story of one family's dark secrets and recurring patterns of behavior largely succeeds in its ambitious reach...Lamb creates a nuanced picture of a flawed but decent man.

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