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Wally Lamb

USA flag (b.1950)

Wally Lamb's first novel, 'She's Come Undone', won rave reviews when it was published in 1992. It was a finalist in the 'Los Angeles Times' First Novel Award, a Top Ten book for 'People' magazine and a Notable Book for the 'New York Times'. Both 'She's Come Undone' and 'I Know This Much Is True' have been chosen for Oprah's Book Club. Wally Lamb now teaches writing at the University of Connecticut. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three sons.

Genres: Literary Fiction
Anthologies edited
   Couldn't Keep It to Myself (2003) (with Carolyn Adams Goodwin)
   I'll Fly Away (2007)
Non fiction
   You Don't Know Me (2020) (with The Women of York The Women of York Prison, The Women Prison and Women of York Prison)
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1996) : She's Come Undone
Oprah's Book Club Best Book nominee (1999) : I Know This Much Is True

Wally Lamb recommends
Second Sight (1997)
Rickey Gard Diamond
"Heartbreaking and life-affirming... [A] serious, startling work... [and] wonderful first novel."
The Hunt Club (1998)
(Huger Dillard, book 1)
Bret Lott
"I turned the pages of The Hunt Club so insistently that, had there been pictures on the pages instead of print, it would have made a movie. IT'S THAT SUSPENSEFUL."
The Unthinkable Thoughts of Jacob Green (2004)
Joshua Braff
"I read it compulsively, rooting every step of the way for its flawed and fractious characters."
Speak Softly, She Can Hear (2004)
Pam Lewis
"The very first chapter of Speak Softly, She Can Hear fires an electric charge that sent me racing through this sexy and suspenseful psychological thriller. Pam Lewis is a sly and sure-footed storyteller whose literary tale of treachery, deception, and truth sits comfortably alongside Donna Tartt's The Secret History and Patricia Highsmith's The Talented Mr. Ripley."
Dwelling Places (2006)
Vinita Hampton Wright
"Few novelists are as wise and compassionate as Vinita Hampton Wright, and few novels are as moving as this one. Dwelling Places broke my heart and renewed my spirit."
Breathe the Sky (2009)
Chandra Prasad
"Breathe the Sky brings us into Amelia Earhart's cockpit and her psyche. From lift-off to landing. [this] is a novel that soars."
Bloodroot (2009)
Amy Greene
"A novel that has everything I savor in fiction."
The Wishing Trees (2010)
John Shors
"Poignant and life-affirming."
The Lost Daughter (2012)
Lucy Ferriss
"From its harrowing prologue to its final sentences, I was emotionally engaged. A masterful storyteller."
A Year After Henry (2014)
Cathie Pelletier
"That mastee juggler of literary tears and laughter is at it again..."
The Dakota Winters (2016)
Tom Barbash
"A thought-provoking time capsule… if you were a fan of TV’s Mad Men, you might very well love this novel as much as I did."
The Halo Effect (2017)
Anne D Leclaire
"The Halo Effect is a must-read for LeClaire's faithful fans and a sit-up-and-take-notice book for those who have yet to discover this talented, truth-seeking storyteller who asks the big questions as she observes the small but intricate details that make us human."
Rules for Being Dead (2020)
Kim Powers
"In a story that's both cagey and unfailingly entertaining, Powers explores life's deepest questions and most profound mysteries. Only a writer this in touch with his own humanity could populate a novel with characters who, despite their flaws, failures, and eccentricities, are humane and good."
Quint (2021)
Dionne Irving
"Dionne Irving’s fascinating novel begins as an exploration of the ways in which innocents can be exploited, perverted, and victimized by rampant commercial exploitation. From there the story broadens and deepens to become a poignant and ambitious meditation on the human condition itself, particularly as it relates to our relationship with love or its absence. Quint is a compelling read and Dionne Irving is a writer on the rise."
Radiant Fugitives (2021)
Nawaaz Ahmed
"Nawaaz Ahmed's remarkable debut novel brings to life a loving family torn apart by parental rejection, clashing values, sibling rivalry, and geographical and emotional distances. Radiant Fugitives is a profound and in-depth exploration of our common humanity, and the ways in which we are more alike than different."

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