"However far fiction writers stray from their own lives and experiences - and I stray pretty far from mine - I think, ultimately, that we may be writing what we need to write in some way, albeit unconsciously." -- Wally Lamb
Wally Lamb (born October 17, 1950) is an American author known as the writer of the novels She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, both of which were selected for Oprah's Book Club.
Lamb was born in Norwich, Connecticut. He was the director of the Writing Center at Norwich Free Academy in Norwich from 1989 to 1998 and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing in the English Department at the University of Connecticut. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Education from the University of Connecticut and an M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College. Lamb lives in Mansfield, Connecticut, with his wife and three sons.
"Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.""As my early drawings warned me, where humans go, lions and tidal waves follow.""Human behavior in the midst of hardship caught my attention very early on, and my first stories were all pictures, no words.""I like to be surprised. The best writing is when it defies me, when it starts going a different way than I had planned.""I like to write first-person because I like to become the character I'm writing.""I love the most the students with troubled lives.""I think I write fiction for the opportunity to get beyond the limits of my own life.""I wanted to connect a modern story with a myth that I had read.""Love comes in far more shapes and sizes than what the family-values crowd condones, of course.""Love stories are probably all I've ever been able to write or want to write.""The roundness of life's design may be a sign that there is a presence beyond ourselves.""When I was a kid, I was surrounded by girls: older sisters, older girl cousins just down the street... except for an older boy named Vito who threw rocks. Each year I would wish for a baby brother. It never happened.""When I was a kid... I needed to belong."