Wally Lamb is just, and quite simply, the most amazing story-teller. The content of this novel (as with his other masterpieces) is not at all easy... right at its "heart" is the Columbine tragedy and the devastating impact it made on so many... obviously those who died and their grieving family/friends but also the suriving victims. I had to wait 720+ pages for the title to appear (or did I miss it?)... and even now I remain puzzled!
I didn't find this novel as replete with memorable phrases (all which found way to my commonplace book) but, overall, the book made its impact. One phrase, though, did stand out... "it was radioactive with memories". Isn't this the case... we may think we move through any and every day somehow untouched by what happens, what is said... but all of this "is radioactive" and it surely makes an imprint, an impact, on our soul.
Thank God the creative Spirit of God can work with these memories and lead to acceptance, wholeness and surrender.