Wally Lamb. I Know This Much is True. Dominick Birdsey's identical twin, Thomas, suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Occasionally he has severe episodes. Thinking he is making a sacrificial protest that will stop the war in the Middle East, Thomas cuts off his own hand in a public library.
When I received the submission Little Bee by British author Chris Cleave in 2007 and read the first lines—“Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl. Everyone would be pleased to see me coming.”—the world fell away.