Lamb (Compact Disc)

By Bonnie Nadzam, Tavia Gilbert (Read by)

Blackstone Audiobooks, 9781455109074

Publication Date: September 13, 2011

September 2011 Indie Next List

“David Lamb is a broken man who has dreams of better things -- dreams of love, fidelity, and trust. With his wife and father both gone, he badly needs to connect with something real and hopeful. When pre-teen Tommie stumbles into his life, she falls into his dream and they are caught up in a growing relationship that is at once fragile and threatening. I could have been disturbed by this story -- and it is disturbing -- yet I found it to be such a brave portrait of need reaching out to need that I was mesmerized by the beauty of author Nadzam's vision and the honesty of her storytelling. Highly recommended.”
— Linda Bond, Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, WA
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Lamb traces the self-discovery of David Lamb, a narcissistic middle-aged man with a tendency toward dishonesty, in the weeks following the disintegration of his marriage and the death of his father. Hoping to regain some faith in his own goodness, he turns his attention to Tommie, an awkward and unpopular eleven-year-old girl. Lamb is convinced that he can help her avoid a destiny of apathy and emptiness and even comes to believe that his devotion to Tommie is in her best interest. But when he decides to abduct a willing Tommie for a road trip from Chicago to the Rockies, planning to initiate her to the beauty of the mountain wilderness, they are both shaken in ways neither of them expects. Lamb is a masterful exploration of the dynamics of love and dependency that challenges the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, confronts preconceived notions about conventional morality, and exposes mankind's eroded relationship with nature.