I loved Wally Lamb’s first book She’s Come Undone. During one reading session with the book, I was so swept up by it that I completely forgot I was lying in the grass in the Place des Vosges in Paris on a beautiful, warm, October afternoon.
I looked forward to Lamb’s second book I Know This Much is True. But I found it just so-so. I felt like Lamb tried to throw in way too many things and the unintended result was that I stopped paying attention to his work. But when I found this attractive volume at a Border’s liquidation sale I thought it was worth a go. But it wasn’t. I’ve read some really wonderful books lately and following it up with this phoned-in, first person fictional memoir was not only sad, but it made me crazy that I had nothing else to read on my commute.
And really, how many times do we have to hear the story of a young Catholic boys coming of age, getting boners and being afraid of nuns? Who cares?
(In looking for an image of the cover, I found out that this book has also been marketed as a Christmas tale. That makes it even more lame. Or maybe it would have helped if I had known I was reading a marketing tool rather than a novel.)