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The hour I first believed : a novel
Wally Lamb
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From Publishers' Weekly:

Lamb's third novel tackles the Columbine high school shooting head on as he places his fictional protagonists into the horrific events of April 1999. Caelum and his wife, Maureen, move to Colorado for teaching jobs at Columbine not long before the shootings. As the events unfold, Maureen finds herself in harms way but luckily survives, only to be haunted by the occurrence. Narrator George Guidall reads with an earnest, familiar voice. He draws listeners into this fascinating tale with nothing more than raw emotion and honesty; rarely does such a straightforward performance tap into the human psyche so effectively. A HarperCollins hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Lamb digs deeper here, examining issues of faith and the consequences of war. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Caelum Quirk
Age: 47
Taught at Columbine High School; returned to his home town to take care of his aunt who suffered a stroke; brought his wife to his family farm to recover after the killing spree at Columbine; discovers letters and diaries of his family history.

Maureen Quirk
Caelum's wife; worked at Columbine High School; hid in a cabinet while two students went on a killing spree at the high school; unable to recover from the trauma; moved to the Quirk family farm to try to recover; struggles to regain her sanity.

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