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.