She’s Come Undone

She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb. Oddly written by a man, this book is one long, depressing story of a girl’s life from childhood through middle adulthood. It was described to me as “disturbing” — I didn’t think disturbing as much as plain sad. It’s not entirely a downer, though — without ruining the book for anyone else, I think I can say the conclusion of Dolores’ story shows some amount of achievement against long odds.

However, though there are some brief moments in the book when it seemed like things were starting to look up, they didn’t last long. It was an easy, engaging read, so it didn’t take long to finish it.

3 thoughts on “She’s Come Undone

  1. granted I haven’t read the book for years but–it was disturbing. do you think she has reached “achievement” because she is married? no one recovers from that

  2. granted I haven’t read the book for years but–it was disturbing. do you think she has reached “achievement” because she is married? no one recovers from what she went through

  3. Spoiler alert…Stop if you’re going to read the book later…I was referring to her marriage when I said that there are brief times when her life seems to be turning around for the better. And then it crashes down again. There’s no big happy ending at all. There’s no triumph, only achievement. She’s learned to deal with life. She’s beaten some things that afflicted her (weight, developmental issues and, in some very big ways, the rape). Recovery comes in degrees.

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