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  • But what are our stories if not the mirrors we hold up to our fears?
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much Is True")

  • But I think this: that whatever prices I've paid, whatever sorrows I shoulder, well, I have blessings, too. Not just my family now, but the others-the ones who have died...They're with me still. They're here...
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • Visualize your solutions. Picture an answer to the problem. Then make the picture real.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • I am not a smart man, particularly, but one day, at long last, I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things. This much, at least, I've figured out. I know this much is true.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • Eventually, I reached the other side of the chasm and understood the differences between the two men. I no longer hated Daddy: he had been a shitty father and a shitty husband - a man who's made two bad choices based on lust and coveting and then been too weak either to live with them or undo them. But he had not been a rapist.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")


  • Well, get used to it, the whole world is nuts.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • I didn't respond to him. Couldn't speak at all. Couldn't look at his self-mutilation--not even the clean, bandaged version of it. Instead, I looked at my own rough, stained house painter's hand. They seemed more like puppets than hands. I had no feelings in it either.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • Getting a job scared her but she was determined not to shy away from risk. That's what life's all about. Climbing out onto the airplane wing and jumping off.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • You're just catching me during one of my fallow periods, that's all. One of my compost years. I'm expecting a creative leap pretty soon now.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • I needed her to stop. Needed not to hear the pain in her voice--to see the way she was twisting the pocketbook strap. If she kept talking, she might break down and tell me everything.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • He was right. And he was an insensitive shit.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • I stumbled from the dark woods of my own, and my family's, and my country's past, holding in my hands these truths: that love grows from the rich loam of forgiveness; that mongrels make good dogs; that the evidence of God exists in the roundness of things.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • He's splitting me open, I thought. He'll break me and then I'll die.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")

  • I walked over and looked closer at the statue of the goddess. She was wearing a headdress with a skull and a cobra and a crescent moon. Maybe this is what peace of mind was all about: having a poisonous snake on your head and smiling anyway.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")

  • I usually learn more from the situations I hate than the ones I love.
    (Wally Lamb, "She's Come Undone")


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