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Wally Lamb

“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)

Wally Lamb is the award-winning author of five New York Times bestselling novels: Wishin’ and Hopin’, The Hour I First Believed, Oprah’s Book Club selections I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone, and, most recently, We Are Water, an intricate, multi-voiced account of a New England family coming to terms with the past and one another during the first years of the Obama presidency.

Lamb also edited Couldn’t Keep It to Myself and I’ll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women’s prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for the past fifteen years.

Honors for Lamb include a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Poets & Writers/Barnes & Noble “Writers for Writers” Award, Distinguished Alumni awards from Vermont College of the Fine Arts and the University of Connecticut, the Friends of the Library USA Readers’ Choice Award for Fiction, and the New England Book Award for Fiction.

Lamb is a Connecticut native who holds bachelors and masters degrees in teaching from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing degree from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. Lamb was in the ninth year of his twenty-five year career as a high school English teacher at his alma mater, the Norwich Free Academy, when he began to write fiction in 1981. He was also an Associate Professor at the University of Connecticut, where he directed the English Department’s creative writing program.

Wally Lamb and his wife Christine live in northeastern Connecticut and are the parents of three sons.

Selected Bibliography

We Are Water (2013)
Wishin’ and Hopin’: A Christmas Story (2009)
The Hour I First Believed (2008)
I’ll Fly Away: Further Testimonies from the Women of York Prison (2007)
Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters (2003)
I Know This Much Is True (1998)
She’s Come Undone (1992)

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