She's Come Undone

  • by Wally Lamb
  • Narrated by Linda Stephens
  • 18 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"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 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.
In this extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch a wild ride on a journey of love, pain, 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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What the Critics Say

"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)
"There are at least two surprises in store for readers of Lamb's memorable debut novel. One is the author's sex. This male writes so convincingly in the voice of a female, tracing her life from 4 to 40, that you have to keep looking back at the jacket picture just to make sure. The second surprise is how such a string of trials and tribulations can add up to such a touchingly funny book..." (People)
"An ambitious, often stirring and hilarious book." (The New York Times)

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Customer Reviews

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A Rollicking Roll Through Dysfunction

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, the story was good but just so sad and dysfunctional.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I really liked the main characters grandmother- she was a woman who was doing the best she could and I felt for her throughout the book.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

I did not care for the narrators tone or the voice she used for the adolescent and adult Delores. It was a little bit distracting.


Was She's Come Undone worth the listening time?

Yes, I probably wouldn't re-listen to the book though.


Any additional comments?

This book is just sad- from beginning to end. If you are looking for a pickmeup story- might want to listen to something else.

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- J. Simonton

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If you could sum up She's Come Undone in three words, what would they be?

"She's Come Undone" is the unlikely story of Delores Price, whose life is repeatedly marked by tragedy, abuse and illness. When she loses control of her life, Delores resists help and trusts no one. But she ultimately discovers a strength she didn't know was inside her. She is not a stereotypical gritty heroine who fights against the odds to get a better life. She is bewildered by the many twists and turns her path takes. In the hands of a less gifted writer this story could have become absurd, but it does not. Delores emerges as an unforgettable character who maneuvers her way through the obstacles she encounters, even when she is unsure where to go. She will stay with me forever.


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- Charles

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio