The Hour I First Believed
When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed.... show more
When high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, while Caelum is away, Maureen finds herself in the library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed. Miraculously, she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. When Caelum and Maureen flee to an illusion of safety on the Quirk family's Connecticut farm, they discover that the effects of chaos are not easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.
Publish date: August 4th 2009
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 768
Edition language: English
From Goodreads: In The Hour I First Believed, Lamb travels well beyond his earlier work and embodies in his fiction myth, psychology, family history stretching back many generations, and the questions of faith that lie at the heart of everyday life. The result is an extraordinary tour de force, at ...
I had five days at the cabin in solitude, and I could not wait to bring this book along to read. And am I EVER glad I did! Wally Lamb is a fascinating author. What fascinated me most about his writing in this novel is the way he brilliantly linked the realties of non-fiction events with fictional...
If Nineteen Minutes had been written by a man, it would be this book. The story was hypnotic, the writing eloquent, and the story was the tragic tale of the Columbine shootings that we know all too well. Another goosebump-inducing masterpiece by Wally Lamb. I just wish he would publish more books...
The book is not without merit, and there's no question that Wally Lamb is a gifted writer. There were parts of the story that had me riveted, and that dealt with important contemporary issues. When Lamb stays focused, the effect can be mesmerizing. The big flaw, in my opinion, is that this is two ...
OMG, a wonderful book that I hated to see end. I loved all of Wally Lamb's books but this is his best yet. Highly Recommended