Thankfully a fellow teacher/friend introduced me to Wally Lamb’s writing this summer and suggested we attend his “Out Loud” author event sponsored by our local library. I read his first book She’s Come Undone, which was published in 1992. It became one of the first Oprah Book Club tour titles in 1996, and his next book, I Know This Much is True, was also an Oprah Book Club selection in 1997.
The “Out Loud” event brought his writing to life. He read aloud a few selections, and I loved hearing him go into character. He spoke mostly about his recent book We Are Water, but the Q&A session included all titles and characters. The librarians had to cut him off after a two hour program, but he seemed like he had all the time in the world for his fans. Following the reading, he signed our books. When he found out we were English teachers he asked us questions about the Common Core, which now places a stronger focus on non-fiction writing for our students. Regardless, I’ll suggest Wally Lamb to future students and friends.
His books include:
- We Are Water
- Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story
- The Hour I First Believed
- I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison
- Couldn’t Keep It To Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters
- I Know This Much is True
- She’s Come Undone