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Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1997: "Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Dolores is a class-A emotional basket case, and why shouldn't she be? She's suffered almost every abuse and familial travesty that exists: Her father is a violent, philandering liar; her mother has the mental and emotional consistency of Jell-O; and the men in her life are probably the gender's most loathsome creatures. But Dolores is no quitter; she battles her woes with a sense of self-indulgence and gluttony rivaled only by Henry VIII. Hers is a dysfunctional Wonder Years, where growing up in the golden era was anything but ideal. While most kids her age were dealing with the monumental importance of the latest Beatles single and how college turned an older sibling into a long-haired hippie, Dolores was grappling with such issues as divorce, rape, and mental illness. Whether you're disgusted by her antics or moved by her pathetic ploys, you'll be drawn into Dolores's warped, hilarious, Mallomar-munching world.
In this engaging first novel, narrator Dolores Price recounts her life story from age four to age 40. The troubled product of a stormy marriage, she is already sipping Maalox in grade school. Then her father walks out on her mother, who suffers a nervous collapse, and Dolores moves to her repressive grandmother's house in Rhode Island. By the time she reaches eighth grade, she has only one friend: a boarder who eventually rapes her. Anesthetizing herself with junk food and soap operas, Dolores becomes an obese, isolated young woman who attempts suicide during her first semester in college and spends seven years in a mental institution. Oddly enough, this relentless parade of disasters makes for interesting reading. The author keenly evokes his protagonist's profound alienation and self-loathing, endowing Dolores with a bleak sense of humor that keeps readers rooting for her. Ironically, the book itself "comes undone" as its heroine develops self-esteem, at which point an absorbing portrait of a woman on a collision course with her problems turns into a disappointing series of cliches about love, forgiveness and Dolores's ticking biological clock. Nonetheless, this is a promising debut.
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I don't even know why this book captivated me so much but I could NOT put it down. Thank you Mr. Lamb.Published 10 months ago by FIG Certified Rhythmic Gymnastics Equipment on Amazon
This was a sad but enjoyable novel. It’s an interesting look at mental health and how it affects the individual as well as other family members and friends. Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by Scarlett
one of my best books in the last few years. I just kept reading and wondering what would happen. Not at all boring.Published on May 21 2013 by Christina Schellenberg
Over the years I have read this book twice. The first time I read it I finished it in one day - I was very connected to the story and the character. Read morePublished on April 7 2013 by micscott
A friend recommended this book to me years ago. I read it and felt very connected to the main character. Read morePublished on Jan. 17 2013 by LittleFin
This book was good but not great. I would have been fine to have never read it. I picked it up because of so many rave reviews but I wasn't that impressed.Published on Aug. 31 2012 by scarlet
Its been about 9 months since I read this book and I still think about Doris every single day. Oh my gosh this book was riveting, heartbreaking, heart stopping, heart pounding. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2010 by M. Okwengu