She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
(Oprah's Book Club)

76%

19 Critic Reviews

In this engaging first novel, narrator Dolores Price recounts her life story from age four to age 40.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

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.


"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 thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood good-bye. 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.

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.
 

About Wally Lamb

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Wally Lamb is the author of four previous novels, including the New York Times and national bestseller, The Hour I First Believed and Wishin' and Hopin', a bestselling novella. His first two works of fiction, She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True, were both number one New York Times bestsellers and selections of Oprah's Book Club. He is the editor of Couldn't Keep It To Myself and I'll Fly Away, two volumes of essays from students in his writing workshop at York Correctional Institution, a women's prison in Connecticut, where he has been a volunteer facilitator for fifteen years. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, Christine. The Lambs are the parents of three sons.
 
Published April 12, 2011 by Atria Books. 484 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, Professional & Technical, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for She's Come Undone
All: 19 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Good

...Dolores' career is a pleasure to follow, as she barrels through--with a killer mouth and the guts of a sea lion. A warmblooded, enveloping tale of survival, done up loose and cheering.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Aug 03 1992

Oddly enough, this relentless parade of disasters makes for interesting reading. 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.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

In this engaging first novel, narrator Dolores Price recounts her life story from age four to age 40.

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Examiner

Above average
on Mar 26 2011

Lamb does a good job of attempting to find a woman's voice and get into her psyche, although at times the novel will leave you saying, "Really? Really?!?"

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Pajiba

Good
on Dec 16 2012

His writing is unbelievable. I’ve read each of his books at least 10 times and I can’t stand waiting for the next. His characters feel like your friends and neighbors, or like they’re just a part of you.

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People

Good
on Aug 24 1992

She's Come Undone is as addictive as the Devil Dogs and Hostess Sno Balls Dolores gobbles nonstop—and a lot more rewarding.

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People

Above average
on Aug 24 1992

Lamb knows instinctively how much guilt an innocent girl can keep inside...

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BookIdeas.com

Good

I have no idea what that feels like or how it shapes your view of yourself. Wally Lamb transported me there. While I was reading this book I knew what it was like to be Dolores. I realize now that this book relates to all women on all levels.

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Oprah.com

Good
on Jan 22 1997

...She's Come Undone makes us laugh and wince with recognition and reminds us that despite the pain we endure and cause, we must find the courage to love again.

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HSJ

Good

Wally Lamb captivates the hearts of his readers through emotions of a young woman searching for love and happiness. The life long search and struggles Dolores goes through make this story an engaging one.

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The Readers Cafe

Excellent
on Apr 08 2012

...let me say it in plain language: I loved this book. YOU will love this book. Buy a copy, and then buy a copy for your best friend. You will not be disappointed.

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Teen Ink

Above average
Reviewed by Meghann B. on Apr 30 2014

I'm not saying that no one's life is harder than Dolores Price's, but the problems that seem big to you will seem very, very small compared to Dolores' lifetime of hardships.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by abbajane on Apr 30 2014

So we made it to the end of the week, I read her soul and she nurtured mine and somewhere along the way I’d fallen in love with Dolores Price because she was beautiful and strong and so painfully human.

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Cozy Little Book Journal

Below average
Reviewed by Beatnik Mary on Sep 24 2012

Maybe now that I'm an adult myself I would appreciate the book on a deeper level. Maybe this time I would love it. I didn't.

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http://mostlyfiction.com

Good
Reviewed by Judi Clark on May 29 1998

This is an early Oprah Book Club selection, so accept the fact that the central character has experienced physical, sexual and/or mental abuse. It also means that it is a well written book.

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Heart to Heart: The Barnes and Noble Romance Blog

Good

This is the first of many books I hope to read by Wally Lamb, as his mastery of the human psyche has amazed me.

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The Cascade

Good
Reviewed by Alex Watkins on Mar 11 2011

Though her life is filled with trauma and catastrophe, Lamb manages to sustain the reader’s hope for Dolores. Her passage into womanhood and her triumphs (big and small) over those who seek to take away her personal power are satisfying and hard-won, and will have readers grinning.

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Book It.

Excellent
on Sep 04 2012

His characters feel like your friends and neighbors, or like they’re just a part of you. They struggle and they try to overcome their personal demons but ultimately, they are human.

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One Literature Nut

Good
Reviewed by Becky on May 03 2011

How can I sum up this strange novel without exposing all that happens? I really can't. Needless to say, I still found myself completely engaged in the novel and couldn't stop thinking about it.

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