"She's Come Undone" by: Wally Lamb

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Carrie Ann on Thursday, January 28, 1999 - 02:24 pm:

    "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.


    I enjoyed this book. I haven't really read much
    of anything for awhile, to be honest and was at a
    used book store with my mother while visiting her
    last week. I came across this on the top shelf,
    figured it looked interesting, only ended up
    paying $4.00 for it and found out later it was a
    recent release and on 'Oprah's Book Club' list.
    Pretty good deal, I'd say. I read it in 2 days,
    not wanting to put it down. I think that was also
    a way of my brain telling me it was hungry for
    more than just mindless dribble from online
    chatting. ;p I'd recommend it if you're looking
    for a new book to start. I'm into the more true
    to life type stories because that's the kind of
    writing I do as well. The next book I plan to
    read is 'A Child Called It' - autobiography of one
    man's horrific child abuse by his mother, and how
    he managed to survive it all. Not that it's a
    pleasant thing to read about or anything, but I've
    just always enjoyed reading those kinds of books
    more so than others, I suppose

By Whet on Saturday, January 30, 1999 - 02:49 pm:

    Good one, liked it too :)

By R.C. on Saturday, January 30, 1999 - 03:32 pm:

    I'm reading a borrowed copy of "I Know This Much is True" right now (which/according to the logo on the cover/was also one of Oprah's Book Club selections). Plan on getting hold of "She's Come Undone" next. For a fiction writer/this guy has quite a talent for detailing the lives of dsyfunctional folks in a highly realistic manner. I wonder what *his* family was like...

    Dontcha think Wally Lamb bears a striking resemblance to Billy Bob Thornton/minus the baseball cap?

By Asia on Monday, February 1, 1999 - 11:00 am:

    ooh...billy bob thornton. id come undone with him any old time. yummy.

    however, i prefered she's come undone to i know this much is true.

By Agatha on Monday, February 1, 1999 - 10:23 pm:

    billy bob thornton went to jail for beating his wife. just thought you should know, asia. i just got this book today, i'll check back in when i actually read some of it.


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