I Know This Much is True is part of the Oprah Book Club, and fits right in with its peers The Help, a Million Little Pieces, and She’s Come Undone, also by Wally Lamb. These books are easy to devour, though aren’t very thought-provoking. I Know This Much is True is a 912-page tome which keeps you entertained for about 600 of those pages; it is desperately craving the attention of a ruthless editor.
The topic is interesting enough, and the theme has so much potential, but somehow you’re still left feeling like you’re skimming the surface of a book that should knock you to the floor. It’s like watching the movie 8 mile: It doesn’t change your life; at the end you’re not sure if you’d rather have your two hours back; and you wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but you’re glad you can check it off your list.
If you need a book to distract you late into the night, pick this one up. However, if you want to be changed in the way only a good book can, save your 900-word capacity for something with a little more passion.