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She's Come Undone

My reading time in India was not as fruitful as I thought. I only completed one book, but She's Come Undone was a wonderful read.  I had seen Wally Lamb speak at the Tennessee Williams literary festival in New Orleans; he had a wonderful spark and I liked hearing how the plots for this novel and his other book developed.  I enjoyed his other book, I Know This Much is True, so I had high hopes for this read.

The book is a memoir of Dolores Price whose intense emotional journey includes gaining weight and losing weight while she becomes emotionally healthy. I could certainly relate to the way weight gain and intense emotional events are related. When I first picked up the book, I did not realize how many sad and horrible things would happen; I found the book hard to get through. However, I could not stop reading because I wanted resolution so badly.  From spending so much time around relatives in India who have such a strong vision of what a successful woman looks like, I also found myself noting how easy it is to create an imaginary version of yourself.  In the novel, Dolores pretends to be "perfect" in order to have a relationship with a "perfect" man.  There are certainly moments in various relationships where I have stretched and thinned the truth.  Finally, I was very impressed with the effectiveness of the main characters voice.  Throughout the novel, I could see the transformation as Dolores figures out how the various parts of her life come together and seeks closure and resolution.

Recommend to a friend: YES.

I read this book for two challenges:

Orbis Terrarum

Chunkster Challenge

Other reviews:

Ax for The Frozen Sea

Posted on Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 8:48PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments2 Comments

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Reader Comments (2)

ah, this book keeps slipping down my tbr mnt. Maybe I'll boost it up a few spots now.

June 29, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCare
I put the book on a few of my challenge lists which helped me read the book faster.
June 29, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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