Wally Lamb talks about his novel The Hour I First Believed.
When 47-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke.
But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed- Book Passage
Wally Lamb's first two novels, She's Come Undone (Simon & Schuster/Pocket, 1992) and I Know This Much Is True (HarperCollins/ReganBooks, 1998), were #1 New York Times bestsellers, New York Times Notable Books of the Year, and featured titles of Oprah’s Book Club.
I Know This Much Is True was a Book of the Month Club main selection and the June 1999 featured selection of the Bertelsman Book Club, the national book club of Germany.
Lamb is also the editor of the nonfiction anthologies Couldn’t Keep It to Myself: Testimonies from Our Imprisoned Sisters.
Author Wally Lamb discusses his research of school shootings for The Hour I First Believed, particularly the disturbing videos left behind by the Columbine High School gunmen Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold "laughing at all of us."
Lamb says his third degree connection to "a version of Columbine" and experience as a high school teacher prepared him to write the novel.