Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Hour I First Believed


Wally Lamb has done it again with this epic creation, a tale of loss and sorrow, heartache, fear and recovery. In 1999 two high school students decided to take revenge on their classmates and teachers by opening fire at Columbine High School, in a well planned massacre that instilled fear in a nation. Lamb's book opens with Caelum Quirk and his third wife, Maureen, moving to Colorado to start fresh, him teaching English at Columbine, Maureen the school nurse. A tragedy in Caelum's family demands his return to Connecticut to face his confusing past, and leaves Maureen alone to face that fateful day, April 20th, 1999. From there, the couple's lives are turned upside down as they recover from the horror of the day, and face a world that seems to be spinning further and further out of control. From 9/11 to The War on Terror, to Hurricane Katrina, Lamb weaves the story of our last decade together with the story of the Quirk Family past, and bring us an astounding look at fear, compassion and the links in the world that bring us together. ***** Five Stars. A must read.


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