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The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

One of my coworkers gave The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb 5 stars on Goodreads, so I thought that I would pick it up and give it a try.  This book was a lot longer than I was expecting. It was a challenge, but I made it through all 20 audio discs, which is 740 print pages.  This was a book of tragedy with elements weaving in and out of almost 150 years of American History. It was the story about a middle aged man, his struggle to watch his wife cope with multiple tragedies, while trying to learn about his own and his family’s past, and coping with his own emotions and spirituality through it all. Wally Lamb is an excellent storyteller.  Some of the historical events that he was able to incorporate in to the story are the Civil War, the Columbine Massacre, and Hurricane Katrina. He also added elements of adultery, anger, depression, anxiety, drug abuse, low self-esteem, worry, love, loss, and grief. This book has so many different components that I feel I should read it again. I know there are a lot of things that I missed.  I would recommend this book to those who enjoy the combination of tragedy in modern and historical fiction, and who can accept the challenge of a thick read.

Marlene K.

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