She's Come Undone

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She's Come Undone

by Wally Lamb

Pocket Books | June 1, 1998 | Mass Market Paperbound

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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.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 2.66 × 1.65 × 0.51 in

Published: June 1, 1998

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671021001

ISBN - 13: 9780671021009

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She's Come Undone

by Wally Lamb

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 480 pages, 2.66 × 1.65 × 0.51 in

Published: June 1, 1998

Publisher: Pocket Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0671021001

ISBN - 13: 9780671021009

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1 IN ONE OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES, MY MOTHER AND I ARE ON the front porch of our rented Carter Avenue house watching two delivery men carry our brand-new television set up the steps. I’m excited because I’ve heard about but never seen television. The men are wearing work clothes the same color as the box they’re hefting between them. Like the crabs at Fisherman’s Cove, they ascend the cement stairs sideways. Here’s the undependable part: my visual memory stubbornly insists that these men are President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon. Inside the house, the glass-fronted cube is uncrated and lifted high onto its pedestal. “Careful, now,” my mother says, in spite of herself; she is not the type to tell other people their business, men particularly. We stand watching as the two delivery men do things to the set. Then President Eisenhower says to me, “Okay, girlie, twist this button here.” My mother nods permission and I approach. “Like this,” he says, and I feel, simultaneously, his calloused hand on my hand and, between my fingers, the turning plastic knob, like one of the checkers in my father’s checker set. (Sometimes when my father’s voice gets too loud at my mother, I go out to the parlor and put a checker in my mouth—suck it, passing my tongue over the grooved edge.) Now, I hear and feel the machine snap on. There’s a hissing sound, voices inside the box. “Dolores, look!&rdquo
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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.

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. He is also the author of I Know This Much Is True.

From Our Editors

Delve into the extraordinary world of 13-year-old Dolores Price. In She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb has created a comical and bittersweet heroine who tries to come of age in the sixties, when hippies and pot are the last thing on poor Dolores' mind. No, 13-year-old Dolores has to contend with a mentally-ill mother, an abusive father and the fact that she was raped in a dog pound by a local DJ. She spends her "glorious" teenaged years eating and eating in front of the TV. When she reaches the weight of 257 pounds as a young woman, life still holds misery - but Dolores isn't going to give up that easily. She's determined to give herself one more chance to find herself and her place in the world.

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The New York Times An ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book.
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