Wally Lamb fans have been waiting a long time for his new novel. His acclaimed She's Come Undone and I Know This Much is True were not only both picked by Oprah for her book club, both have been huge reading group favorites for years. Next Tuesday his third novel, The Hour I First Believed, will be published, and you can read a sneak peek of it now, plus enter to win one of five free copies of the book!
In The Hour I First Believed, Lamb tells the story of forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, who move to Littleton, Colorado, and both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues in this extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.
To enter to win one of five copies of the book, simply click on over to read the sneak peek and come back here and comment on what you've read. I'll choose five random winners from all the comments received by midnight this Friday, November 7th!