May 02, 2010

"The Hour I First Believed" by Wally Lamb

When forty-seven-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, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.

While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers a cache of old diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in an upstairs bedroom of his family's house. The colorful and intriguing story they recount spans five generations of Quirk family ancestors, from the Civil War era to Caelum's own troubled childhood. Piece by piece, Caelum reconstructs the lives of the women and men whose legacy he bears. Unimaginable secrets emerge; long-buried fear, anger, guilt, and grief rise to the surface.

As Caelum grapples with unexpected and confounding revelations from the past, he also struggles to fashion a future out of the ashes of tragedy. His personal quest for meaning and faith becomes a mythic journey that is at the same time quintessentially contemporary—and American.

This was my least favorite Lamb book. It drug on and on and Im really not sure why I kept reading it and ended up finishing it.

Camping! YEA!!

This week Dh brought the camper home from storage! YEA! I spent about 2 hours out there that night just hanging out and airing out. No little insect visitors were found so I was very thankful for that!!

On Friday night the family spent the night in the camper. So I guess you could say we have 1 night camping already! :) Yes it was in the driveway but it was still a lot of fun, but darn was it COLD!!

Friday dh also traded in our truck for a new truck, new to us truck. It will work much better for towing so we'll beable to camp farther from home. We are VERY excited about that! I think another camping trip to Minnesota is on the agenda for late summer.