"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...."
Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally rolls into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she's determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before really going belly-up.
In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. At once a fragile girl and a hard-edged cynic, so tough to love yet so inimitably lovable, Dolores is as poignantly real as our own imperfections. She's Come Undone includes a promise: you will never forget Dolores Price.
©2011 Wally Lamb (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"A heroine to cheer for....This supremely touching journey to adulthood may remind you of The World According to Garp and other sagas of emotional liberation." (Glamour)
"There are at least two surprises in store for readers of Lamb's memorable debut novel. One is the author's sex. This male writes so convincingly in the voice of a female, tracing her life from 4 to 40, that you have to keep looking back at the jacket picture just to make sure. The second surprise is how such a string of trials and tribulations can add up to such a touchingly funny book..." (People)
"An ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book." (The New York Times)
While this book remains my favorite book of all time, the unabridged narration is pretty disappointing. The performer is too old to be Dolores and she makes some annoying missteps in her reading. Jack Speight (whose bumper sticker reads
Too many to mention! Just overall a perfect, flawless story. The imagery, the characters, the development of a truly beautiful female narrator which was remarkably captured by a male author.
Think I'll pass. Not a huge fan at all.
Dolores, of course!
Just wish that the narrator did justice to this incredible book.
Loving you is Easy, Misty Eyez
After reading (listening to) this story (forcibly Suggested by a friend) I have come to realize that I am indeed Dolores Price - born a few years later - but also Molested and traumatized on several levels. I am currently in my FAT Phase - and Im motivated - and I found as I was Cheering for Delores to allow herself happiness - I realized I TOO was denying myself happiness.
The Shocking thing to me is that Wally has an amazing ability to take you there - and make it real. You see - Smell and even remember as you listen to this tale. I also appreciate that Wally was able to surprise me and every unexpected turn durring this coming of age story. The only thing I didnt like was the end - or should I say the lack of an ending. So.... can we have a part two?
Her voice has many levels and I kept thinking that toni collette was reading - but at times she sounds much older and others she seems younger??? a great story teller voice!!!
Dolores Price - is my first choice - I want to get inside her head - My second would be Dante - I want to see what all the fuss was about.
Im glad I got this book
"She's Come Undone" is the unlikely story of Delores Price, whose life is repeatedly marked by tragedy, abuse and illness. When she loses control of her life, Delores resists help and trusts no one. But she ultimately discovers a strength she didn't know was inside her. She is not a stereotypical gritty heroine who fights against the odds to get a better life. She is bewildered by the many twists and turns her path takes. In the hands of a less gifted writer this story could have become absurd, but it does not. Delores emerges as an unforgettable character who maneuvers her way through the obstacles she encounters, even when she is unsure where to go. She will stay with me forever.
Best: The story is excellent. This author creates very believable characters. Least: Linda Stephens' performance.
All of the characters have something to love and much to dislike about them.
Linda's performance was not that of a professional reader. Her voice is pleasant. But her reading was awful. Periods and commas where used in exactly the same way, and in many cases are added to the reading in inappropriate places (by Linda, not by the author). It was very distracting. I almost stopped reading because of it. Then the story grabbed me and stopping was not an option. Linda has the voice, she needs training and practice.
Movie was a great idea. As for characters; I would have no idea how to second guess the professionals, since I rarely watch a movie and do not know who the current actors are.
I hope there will be a remake of this audio book with a different narrator, or a trained, experienced Linda Stephens.
I bought the unabridged audio version, so I didn't miss a thing from the print version, which we were reading as a book club. It was a long book, so being pressed for time, I needed to be able to be able to get through it while doing things that I wouldn't be able to do while "reading" and vice versa.
Can't think of any other book I would compare it to.
Can't tell you my favorite scene without it being a spoiler. But trust me, when you get to it, you'll know. It was the favorite scene of everyone in my book club who read the book.
I absolutely wanted to listen to it all in one sitting, it was that good. But I didn't opt for the abridged version, which I could have listened to in one sitting because I didn't want to miss any of the story. I'm glad I didn't. It was a book club selection, and I wanted to be able to fully participate in the discussion..
I was amazed at how well Wally Lamb is able to get into the mind and emotions of women. I'm really looking forward to reading more of his work.
I have read Wally Lamb before and have loved his books! "She's Come Undone" is completely different from his other novels. While the story can often be "hard" (you just want Dolores to realize her potential as you listen to her heartbreak and contempt of herself) it does not leave you in a state of depression. It's at times uplifting, at times utterly sad, and there are even a few laughs here and there. This book sucks you in without you even realizing it. It's not a thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat as you anxiously wait for the next word out of the narrator's mouth BUT it is a deep, emotionally-driven book that I recommend to anyone who loves great fiction!
The narration was, overall, good. It wasn't amazing, BUT I felt it fit the character quite well. And, quite frankly, that counts a lot more than a deep, rich voice.
Devora de la Mer
This novel fascinated me. I would relive this novel again because the women characters are so vividly portrayed and unsentimentally represented, despite their many hardships and strangely ordinary and sometimes extraordinary experiences. I could not put this reading down and so I know I would enjoy "hearing it again.
There are several memorable moments that stand out for me among so many of them portrayed in this book The main character, Delores has to come to terms with what caused her to experience such a debilitating loss in confidence resulting in her obesity. She does this at several critical points in the novel, when she is at college, when she leaves college, when she is trying to work why she became undone, with others help, and during her marriage. Each time the revelations she uncovers show how important it is to try and understand our own traumatic experiences and not let them overwhelm us.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Delores reveals all of her secrets to a loved one, its comical, tragic, and very satisfying to feel the character's anguish and relief that she has finally unburdened herself.
She unravels and then reveals.
This narrator is perfect for portraying the many women in this novel. Her voice is rich and conveys the depth and breadth of emotions they express.
Yes, the story was good but just so sad and dysfunctional.
I really liked the main characters grandmother- she was a woman who was doing the best she could and I felt for her throughout the book.
I did not care for the narrators tone or the voice she used for the adolescent and adult Delores. It was a little bit distracting.
Yes, I probably wouldn't re-listen to the book though.
This book is just sad- from beginning to end. If you are looking for a pickmeup story- might want to listen to something else.
Beautiful, sad, and hilarious!
I like that Dolores finds happiness at the end. I read the book when it came out and remember loving it. Of course, I still feel the same after listening to it.
Obviously Dolores Price...she remains strong
This book did make me cry, especially at the end.
Love anything that Wally Lamb writes...he's amazing!
Wally Lamb writes in first person while making the reader/listener seem like a fly on the wall. That is a rare talent indeed. We see the world according to Dolores Price in fine and earthy detail. Dolores is forced to go live with her prudish grandmother Thelma in "the house of repression," on Pierce Street, Easterly, RI when her mother Beatrice has to be hospitalized from a nervous breakdown after a divorce. Thelma loves both her daughter and granddaughter but feels it her christian duty to reprimand any unlady like behavior or talk. "Marilynn Monroe didn't have the decency to put on a bathrobe before killing herself!" Heart breaking story about PTSD from a rape on a 13-year old girl...Dolores. Beatrice wants her daughter spared the shame of taking the stand against her rapist and to keep her own secret that she had been having an affair with him. Beatrice showers gifts of food, paperback books, color tv and written excuses for Dolores to miss school. This cycle of depression, anger and stuffing emotions down with food makes Dolores balloon up to 250 plus pounds. Beatrice is killed while working at a highway toll booth and puts Dolores on a path of horror, lies and healing. Every character is flawed but as precious as a Faberge’ egg.
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