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This is an auction for THE HOUR I FIRST BELIEVED by Wally Lamb.

"Lamb has enjoyed phenomenal popularity ever since being annointed by Oprah for inclusion in her book club two years in a row. SHE'S COME UNDONE got the nod in 1997, and I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE was chosen in 1998. This is his first novel in 10 years, and, continuing his practice of taking his book titles from songs lyrics, the title is a line from "Amazing Grace." In a sprawling narrative that contains enough tragedy for three novels, Lamb tells the story of 47-year-old English teacher Caelum Quirk and his third wife, Maureen, a nurse. After almost breaking up over Maureens infidelity, the two move to Littleton, Colorado, hoping for a fresh start. There they take jobs at Columbine High School. Thats where Maureen ends up cowering in a cabinet for hours while Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris methodically execute students in the library before taking their own lives. Maureen never recovers from this tragedy, which sends her on a downward spiral that eventually encompasses addiction to prescription medicine, vehicular homicide, and a lengthy prison stint. Meanwhile, Caelum rents out his home to refugees from Hurricane Katrina and researches his own family history via old diaries and letters found in the far reaches of his house. It will come as no surprise to readers that the history is a dark one. His particular brand of hope-and-despair fiction holds a powerful allure for his fans, who will be lining up for this long-awaited novel."
- Booklist (US)

Very favourable reviews on Amazon.com.

Large format (trade) paperback 2008.

738 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95 (tracked mail).

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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