I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True

I don't even remember her name , but I knew it was her . She was at the mall with Angie . Angie and her are sisters , right ? That's how I figured it out . They didn't see me , so I just ... I followed them .

Author: Wally Lamb

Publisher: Harper

ISBN: 0060391626

Category: Fiction

Page: 914

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With his stunning debut novel, She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb won the adulation of critics and readers with his mesmerizing tale of one woman's painful yet triumphant journey of self-discovery. Now, this brilliantly talented writer returns with I Know This Much Is True, a heartbreaking and poignant multigenerational saga of the reproductive bonds of destruction and the powerful force of forgiveness. A masterpiece that breathtakingly tells a story of alienation and connection, power and abuse, devastation and renewal--this novel is a contemporary retelling of an ancient Hindu myth. A proud king must confront his demons to achieve salvation. Change yourself, the myth instructs, and you will inhabit a renovated world. When you're the same brother of a schizophrenic identical twin, the tricky thing about saving yourself is the blood it leaves on your bands--the little inconvenience of the look-alike corpse at your feet. And if you're into both survival of the fittest and being your brother's keeper--if you've promised your dying mother--then say so long to sleep and hello to the middle of the night. Grab a book or a beer. Get used to Letterman's gap-toothed smile of the absurd, or the view of the bedroom ceiling, or the influence of random selection. Take it from a godless insomniac. Take it from the uncrazy twin--the guy who beat the biochemical rap. Dominick Birdsey's entire life has been compromised and constricted by anger and fear, by the paranoid schizophrenic twin brother he both deeply loves and resents, and by the past they shared with their adoptive father, Ray, a spit-and-polish ex-Navy man (the five-foot-six-inch sleeping giant who snoozed upstairs weekdays in the spare room and built submarines at night), and their long-suffering mother, Concettina, a timid woman with a harelip that made her shy and self-conscious: She holds a loose fist to her face to cover her defective mouth--her perpetual apology to the world for a birth defect over which she'd had no control. Born in the waning moments of 1949 and the opening minutes of 1950, the twins are physical mirror images who grow into separate yet connected entities: the seemingly strong and protective yet fearful Dominick, his mother's watchful "monkey"; and the seemingly weak and sweet yet noble Thomas, his mother's gentle "bunny." From childhood, Dominick fights for both separation and wholeness--and ultimately self-protection--in a house of fear dominated by Ray, a bully who abuses his power over these stepsons whose biological father is a mystery. I was still afraid of his anger but saw how he punished weakness--pounced on it. Out of self-preservation I hid my fear, Dominick confesses. As for Thomas, he just never knew how to play defense. He just didn't get it. But Dominick's talent for survival comes at an enormous cost, including the breakup of his marriage to the warm, beautiful Dessa, whom he still loves. And it will be put to the ultimate test when Thomas, a Bible-spouting zealot, commits an unthinkable act that threatens the tenuous balance of both his and Dominick's lives. To save himself, Dominick must confront not only the pain of his past but the dark secrets he has locked deep within himself, and the sins of his ancestors--a quest that will lead him beyond the confines of his blue-collar New England town to the volcanic foothills of Sicily 's Mount Etna, where his ambitious and vengefully proud grandfather and a namesake Domenico Tempesta, the sostegno del famiglia, was born. Each of the stories Ma told us about Papa reinforced the message that he was the boss, that he ruled the roost, that what he said went. Searching for answers, Dominick turns to the whispers of the dead, to the pages of his grandfather's handwritten memoir, The History of Domenico Onofrio Tempesta, a Great Man from Humble Beginnings. Rendered with touches of magic realism, Domenico's fablelike tale--in which monkeys enchant and religious statues weep--becomes the old man's confession--an unwitting legacy of contrition that reveals the truth's of Domenico's life, Dominick learns that power, wrongly used, defeats the oppressor as well as the oppressed, and now, picking through the humble shards of his deconstructed life, he will search for the courage and love to forgive, to expiate his and his ancestors' transgressions, and finally to rebuild himself beyond the haunted shadow of his twin. Set against the vivid panoply of twentieth-century America and filled with richly drawn, memorable characters, this deeply moving and thoroughly satisfying novel brings to light humanity's deepest needs and fears, our aloneness, our desire for love and acceptance, our struggle to survive at all costs. Joyous, mystical, and exquisitely written, I Know This Much Is True is an extraordinary reading experience that will leave no reader untouched.
Categories: Fiction

The Big Guitar Chord Songbook The Eighties

The Big Guitar Chord Songbook  The Eighties

G Em3 Huh huh huh hu-uh huh, Cmaj9 Brm7 I know this much is true. G Em9 Huh huh huh hu-uh huh, Cmaj9 Bm7 Am3 | I know this much is true. | Amo) Emo Em Amo Emo Em Am3 Fmaj9 This much is true. G This much is true. Em9 Cmaj9 This much is ...

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 9781783232031

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 432

Now, with The Big Guitar Chord Songbook: The Eighties you can play eighty songs ranging from stadium rock to synth pop, indie to power ballads, from the best artists of the era. Each song is arranged in the original keys, complete with full lyrics, guitar chord boxes and a playing guide. The songlist includes : - Babooshka [Kate Bush] - Brothers In Arms [Dire Straits] - Call Me [Blondie] - Christine [Siouxsie & The Banshees] - Crazy Crazy Nights [Kiss] - Faith [George Michael] - Good Thing [Fine Young Cannibals] - Heaven [Bryan Adams] - Heaven Is A Place On Earth [Belinda Carlisle] - I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll [Joan Jett & The Blackhearts] - (Just Like) Starting Over [John Lennon] - Let’s Dance [David Bowie] - Made Of Stone [The Stone Roses] - One [Metallica] - Pale Shelter [Tears For Fears] - Pure [The Lightning Seeds] - Purple Rain [Prince] - Save A Prayer [Duran Duran] - Should I Stay Or Should I Go [The Clash] - There She Goes [The La’s] - Thriller [Michael Jackson] - Wake Me Up Before You Go Go [Wham!] - The Winner Takes It All [ABBA] - You Can Call Me Al [Paul Simon] - You Shook Me All Night Long [AC/DC] And many more!
Categories: Music

The Most Important Thing I Know About

The Most Important Thing I Know About

His most recent novel , I Know This Much Is True , has also been a best - seller . Lamb creates compelling characters and situations that enable his readers to identify with and understand people they might not otherwise try to accept .

Author: Lorne Adrian

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740719106

Category: Humor

Page: 344

View: 119

In their own handwriting, more than 150 contributors offer short observations on various topics.
Categories: Humor

101 No 1 Hits for Buskers

101 No 1 Hits for Buskers

1– -- k-E TT T. TI #E: #EEEEEEEEE I know this— much is— true. Fmaj7 * +== H T- | or H I L I I I I I. *-*m. I oil I II. This much is true. This much is true, – this much is true. — I know I know Iknow this much is Bm? Repeat & fade (This ...

Author: Wise Publications

Publisher: Wise Publications

ISBN: 9780857129307

Category: Music

Page: 212

View: 599

The Number one companion for Buskers, presented with melody line, lyrics and chords, this songbook can be used by piano, keyboard and guitar players alike, as well as singers. Containing a collection of 101 of your favourite No.1 hits, this book provides excellent value for money.
Categories: Music

I Know This Much Is True

I Know This Much Is True

Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation

Author: Wally Lamb

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0060391626

Category: Fiction

Page: 884

View: 872

Dominick Birdsey, a forty-year-old housepainter living in Three Rivers, Connecticut, finds his subdued life greatly disturbed when his identical twin brother Thomas, a paranoid schizophrenic, commits a shocking act of self-mutilation
Categories: Fiction

Cocktails for Book Lovers

Cocktails for Book Lovers

Know. This. Much. Is. True. “When you're the sane brother of a schizophrenic identical twin, the tricky thing about saving yourselfis the blood it leaves on your hands—the little inconvenience ofthe look-alike corpse at your feet And ...

Author: Tessa Smith McGovern

Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.

ISBN: 9781402293429

Category: Cooking

Page: 146

View: 864

The perfect pairing for anyone with a literary thirst! From Jane Austen's little-known fondness for wine to Hemingway's beloved mojitos, literature and libations go hand in hand. Cocktails for Book Lovers blends these in a delectable book that will delight both readers and cocktail enthusiasts alike. This irresistible collection features 50 original and classic cocktail recipes based on works of famous authors and popular drinks of their eras, including Orange Champagne Punch, Salted Caramel and Bourbon Milkshakes, and even Zombie Cola. So dip in, pick your favorite author or book, and take a sip—or start at the beginning and work your way through. Cheers! Cocktails inspired by your favorite authors: • Charlotte Bronte • Dani Shapiro • Dorothy Parker • Ernest Hemingway • F. Scott Fitzgerald • Flannery O'Connor • Jhumpa Lahiri • Junot Diaz • Virginia Woolf • Wally Lamb • And 40 more!
Categories: Cooking

A Lady s Heart and Soul

A Lady s Heart and Soul

I read his poem aloud: I Know This Much To Be True I don't know much about music. I don't know if Jews and Palestinians will ever get along. I don't know if the world will end tomorrow. I don't know if there's heaven is a real place, ...

Author: Clifton A. Casteel

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 1434342115

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 366

View: 633

This is not a romantic book but rather it is a book about an unconditional love and a will to succeed in life. Annie did not give up in spite of numerous heartbreaks, insurmountable tragedy, and racism. She didn't give her mind permission to use her race or gender as an excuse to fail. Annie's interracial marriage brings her a love that she could only have dreamed of which helps her to discover what truly lies deep in her soul: faith and hope, and a determination to find out who she is what she wants out of life and how to accomplish her goals.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

An Impossible Dream

An Impossible Dream

TRUE. I know, I know, I know this much is true. – Gary Kemp (1959), Spandau Ballet, lyrics, 1983 ... It's the word “true” that I am struggling to come to terms with, firstly, because a “true” anything implies that there is also an ...

Author: Peter Campbell

Publisher: Balboa Press

ISBN: 9781504306362

Category: Travel

Page: 344

View: 449

We live in disturbed times. Seemingly more now than at any time in the previous five decades, the planet appears riven. Against this troubling global background, An Impossible Dream traces author Peter Campbells six-week, eight-hundred-kilometre long walk along the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain, capturing what he saw and what he felt during the journey. Using the Camino as a backdrop, Campbell looks back at the cultural and religious conflicts of the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages, and he reflects on the history of the Crusades, the Knights Templar, the legendary El Cid, and much more, drawing comparisons between now and times past. Through vivid descriptions and introspective reflection, An Impossible Dream portrays the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges Campbell faced as he undertook this epic walk, the relationships formed along the way, and the spiritual questions asked and answered. He considers his own conflicts and intolerances, and he offers an insightful reminder for anyone who has already walked the Camino, and a fascinating perspective for those who have yet to undertake that journey. He tells a story of a walk through lifea life lived, questions asked, and lessons learned.
Categories: Travel

The This Much is True 15 Directors on Documentary Filmmaking

The This Much is True   15 Directors on Documentary Filmmaking

I felt like I didn't know much about their lives. I had read the papers like everybody else when it was happening, and they were only ever called 'prostitutes'. But it was just one step left of life, do you know what I mean?

Author: James Quinn

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408132531

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 314

View: 397

Interest in documentary filmmaking has never been greater. There are more documentaries now playing in mainstream cinemas than ever before. The Documentary Masterclass offers an engaging insight into the techniques of ten leading documentary directors.
Categories: Performing Arts

This Much Is True

This Much Is True

Mr. Tobin must have known . Every dinner hour that he was on cafeteria duty he was surrounded by hoards of girls all waiting to ask more about Hemingway or the Tennessee Williams play we were studying . Like we cared .

Author: Tina Chaulk

Publisher: Breakwater Books

ISBN: 1894377184

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

View: 471

Is it okay to tell a lie? Lisa Simms thinks so. Lisa leaves her small town and moves to the big city to find work and her letters home tell of an ordered life and success at work. The reality, however, is rather different. From crazy days at work, to disappointing love affairs, from dealing with death to discovering love, Lisa takes the reader on a ride of laughter and tears as the fiction of each letter dissolves into the roller coaster of life. this much is true is a romp through the 1980s, about a fish out of water struggling to find her place in the world all while sheltering her parents from the truth. Visit Tina's Website, www.tinachaulk.com, for more information on the author and her works.
Categories: Fiction