I had five days at the cabin in solitude, and I could not wait to bring this book along to read. And am I EVER glad I did! Wally Lamb is a fascinating author. What fascinated me most about his writing in this novel is the way he brilliantly linked the realties of non-fiction events with fictional characters. The intensity of the characters and the twists that entertwined in the pages keeps the reader hooked and engaged in every word. Like his other two novels, after reading the last page, you want to turn to the front and start all over again. In part, because you can't believe the story has ended, and also because you are still in awe that the story unravelled the way it did. It is no wonder it took him 9 years to write this one. I hope we don't have to wait another 9 for the next one. But if we do, I know it would be worth the wait.