"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.
I kept waiting for something to good to happen to the main character.
There was never a climax to the story.
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.
Went 5 hours into this and the only thing I've gotten is dysfunctional. Okay, so the main character had a very unhappy childhood. Many of us have. What do we learn from this story of someone's dysfunctional family? Nothing that I've learned so far. I see nothing redeeming, nothing promising, just dysfunction.
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!
anyone who enjoys disgusting, depressing, foul language books
constant use of F word; every imaginable sad, horrible thing that can happen to a person, happens. Really? Not enjoyable in any way
all of it
worst book ever - will never read this author again
I was hoping the story had more comedy to it, but it was mostly devastating. Too much tragity made it too painful and unbelievable to read at times. But overall I liked the book.
This is a good listen. The storyline is easy to follow and the performer does a great job.
"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.
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