Study Guide

I Know This Much is True Characters

By Wally Lamb

Dominick Birdsey

Dominick Birdsey is our cranky-as-the-day-is-long narrator of I Know This Much is True. Here is...

Thomas Birdsey

It usually takes an extreme event for a dysfunctional family to repair itself. Maybe there's a...

Ray Birdsey

Ray Birdsey is a veteran of WWII and Korea, who marries Concettina Tempesta, a woman with two...

Domenico Onofrio Tempesta

Dominick's grandfather and namesake acts like he's the second coming of Christ. His religious...

Prosperine and Ignazia

Ignazia is Dominick's grandmother. When Domenico first sees her, she is wearing a "woolen coat as...

Concettina "Ma" Birdsey

Ma is dead by the beginning of the novel, having succumbed to breast cancer, but we do learn a...

Ralph Drinkwater

Ralph Drinkwater crosses paths with Dominick Birdsey often. They went to school together, worked...

Dessa Constantine

Dessa is Dominick's first wife, and he never gets over her. After they split, he obsesses over...

Joy

Dominick's current girlfriend, Joy, is probably the most joyless character in the novel, but she...

Leo Blood and Angie Constantine

Leo is Dominick's best friend. Well, Leo might be Dominick's only friend, and these two get along...

Lisa Sheffer and Dr. Patel

Lisa Sheffer is the social worker at the Hatch institute who promises to take care of Thomas and...

Minor Characters

There are a few other characters to mention, just for completion's sake. First is Theresa...