She's Come Undone

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Washington Square Press, Dec 1, 1996 - Fiction - 465 pages
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"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 Mallmomars, 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, and 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.

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Bittersweet ending, makes your heart go out to her. - LibraryThing
However, the ending of the book is not what I expected. - LibraryThing

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I read the book, I liked the book but I cannot even begin to tell you how annoying and depressing the character of Delores was throughout the book. I mean I just wanted to really, you know, slap the ... Read full review

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User Review  - AliceAnna - LibraryThing

One of the best books I've ever read in a very long time. As painful as it was to reach much of the early parts of the book (due to the grim realities of this child's life), Dolores becomes a survivor despite herself. Reading the book felt good. Read full review


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WALLY LAMB's fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Pushcart Prize XV: Best of the Small Presses; The Best of the Small Presses; The Best of the Missouri Review; Streetsongs 1: New Voices in Fiction; Northeast and The New York Times Magazine. He is the recipient of an NEA grant for fiction, and is a Missouri Review William Peden fiction prize winner. A nationally honored teacher of writing, Lamb lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three children. He is currently at work on his second novel.

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