Near the end of this book, there's talk of a study where brain scientists studied the MRIs of subject when they read fiction. They apparently found that the brain was stimulated through reading fiction in much the same way as it was if the reader was actually experiencing the scenarios described in the book. However with reading, the reader is given the opportunity to get inside the character's head through the narrative. This hones the reader's ability for empathy.
This book is Wally Lamb at his best. He tackles subjects that are hard. The writing is so vivid, it really does feel like you're experiencing the story, to some degree. In the squirmier parts, I actually felt clammy and could feel my pulse racing! And you know, you might think you have a cut and dried opinion on certain subjects, but what about the back story? Suffice it to say that there are some things that make it hard to sympathize or empathize but others, well sometimes you can be surprised where your mind goes!
Secrets, especially dark secrets, can be so destructive. The fallout affecting so many, so deeply. Like his other books, Wally Lamb tells a raw searing tale that will stick with you for a very long time! Such a good book!!