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She's Come Undone

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ISBN13: 9780671021009
ISBN10: 0671021001
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Awards

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A People Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist for Best First Novel of the Year

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Meet Dolores Price. She's 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded 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 orbits 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 she really goes under.

Review:

"This male writes so convincingly in the voice of a female...that you have to keep looking back at the jacket picture just to make sure....A touchingly funny book." People

Review:

"A tremendously likable first novel....Lamb has a broad satiric touch with some satisfying fat targets....A warmblooded, enveloping tale of survival, done up loose and cheering." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[An] engaging first novel....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." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[A]n ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book....Despite its strong story line, the book's suspense depends more on emotions than events, and its pleasures lie primarily in its lively narrative style and biting humor." Hilma Wolitzer, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[Lamb's] stunningly drawn portrait of the scarred, misterable and oft-times gastronomically challenged Dolores seduces the reader into acknowledging some of the very reasons we don't always enjoy being a girl." Bust Magazine

Review:

"[C]ompelling....Dolores is not always likable, but her story combines sorrow and wonder in a remarkable way." Library Journal

Review:

"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

Synopsis:

A selection of Oprah's Book Club! In his extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites readers to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. Meet 13-year-old Delores Price. She's left her childhood behind, and spends her adolescence munching in front of the TV. When she orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, she 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 she really goes under. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year; a People Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year; A Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist for Best First Novel of the Year.

About the Author

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, and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA's Writing Program, Lamb lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three children. His first novel, She’s Come Undone, was an Oprah Book Club Selection, and has since sold millions of copies. He is also the author of the bestsellers I Know This Much Is True, The Hour I First Believed, and We Are Water.

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ayngelwing, July 18, 2012 (view all comments by ayngelwing)
This was a wonderful book, I loved it!

I can see, however, why some have had such strong negative reaction to it. I think it's just easier than to admit how uncomfortable they were reading it.

It makes you look inside yourself and question your own moral code, shortcomings,and the skeletons in your own little closet. It also reminds us of our own cruelties and predjudices, and brings back memories that perhaps we would rather let lie and forget.

This book was raw beyond belief, and I often found myself squirming while at the same time enthralled at the skill and insight of Wally Lamb. Fantastic!
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neicybee, January 21, 2009 (view all comments by neicybee)
I give Wally Lamb books as gifts because I love his stories. They can be sad at times, "She's Come Undone" is no exception. There were times I wanted to give up on Delores - "She" - but I am so glad I didn't. Finding out she did not give up on herself was rewarding and genuine in a way that makes Mr Lamb's books so satisfying to read.
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bookguy, September 11, 2008 (view all comments by bookguy)
What a waste of time reading this book. Completely loathsome characters, unbelievable situations, and too long by about a hundred pages. Could have used some major editing. It's beyond me why people think this is a great read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780671021009
Author:
Lamb, Wally
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Self-perception
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Self-perception -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Oprah; Book club; We Are Water; The Hour I First Believed; I Know This Much Is True; Wishin and Hopin ; I ll Fly Away; New York Times; Wally Lamb; classic; #1; bestseller; coming of age; breakthrough novel; suicide; clinical obesity; heartbreaking; heroin
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B101
Publication Date:
June 1, 1998
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 7.945 oz

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Product details 480 pages Pocket Books - English 9780671021009 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This male writes so convincingly in the voice of a female...that you have to keep looking back at the jacket picture just to make sure....A touchingly funny book."
"Review" by , "A tremendously likable first novel....Lamb has a broad satiric touch with some satisfying fat targets....A warmblooded, enveloping tale of survival, done up loose and cheering."
"Review" by , "[An] engaging first novel....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."
"Review" by , "[A]n ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book....Despite its strong story line, the book's suspense depends more on emotions than events, and its pleasures lie primarily in its lively narrative style and biting humor."
"Review" by , "[Lamb's] stunningly drawn portrait of the scarred, misterable and oft-times gastronomically challenged Dolores seduces the reader into acknowledging some of the very reasons we don't always enjoy being a girl."
"Review" by , "[C]ompelling....Dolores is not always likable, but her story combines sorrow and wonder in a remarkable way."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , A selection of Oprah's Book Club! In his extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites readers to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years. Meet 13-year-old Delores Price. She's left her childhood behind, and spends her adolescence munching in front of the TV. When she orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, she 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 she really goes under. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year; a People Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year; A Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist for Best First Novel of the Year.
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