by Sukey HowardOctober, 1998
The brothers in Wally Lamb's latest bestseller, I Know This Much Is True (6 hours), are twins, identical in appearance only. Dominick, angry, wanting revenge, survived his abusive step-father and somehow avoided the genetic quirk that caused his twin, Thomas, to become a paranoid schizophrenic. Now, at 40, Dominick must take charge of his psychotic sibling. Always torn between love and resentment for his brother, Dominick is forced to examine his past and his present, the demons that beset his family, his own devastations. The result is a narrative absorbing in its sadness, buoying in its triumphs. Wally Lamb, whose first novel She's Come Undone won wide praise, has gone one better here, and Ken Howard's finely modulated reading deepens its intensity.
Sukey Howard reports on spoken word audio each month.