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 ...
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.
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This book is an incredible journey through the life a young woman into adulthood. Written by a man that somehow knows how to talk like a woman and captures every raw emotion with perfection. I absolutely loved this book!
Jan 1, 2009
A great piece!
When I picked up this book , I wondered how a man could capture and write so well the life a teenage girl. Reading this book you wonder how he did it. This book was wonderful, the life of this girl, her mother, her grandmother, her school years keep you wanting to read more and more. This book can make you laugh, it can make you sit there and say oh my God and also frustrate you with the main characters attitude. At times I was like....oh this girl should get it. Definitely keeps you wondering and wanting more and some may even relate to the life this character. This is by far one of his best.
Sep 25, 2007
Wally Lamb is absolutley fabulous in his writings with this book! The book focuses on despair, resentment, and the ability to overcome life altering events in the life of one young woman. I would highly recommend this book to anyone seeking hope and solace in dealing with mental disabilities. It made me cry and find hope for others, sheds light on the effect of a truely emotional rollercoaster and how one young woman faces, copes, and overcomes the obstacles that prevent her from becoming the woman that she was meant to be. You will not be disappointed with this purchase!!!!
Apr 1, 2007
one of my favorite books of all time
this is one I can read again, and again, and again. my sister and I both put this book on the top of our favorites, long before Oprah did!
Publishers Weekly, 1993-03-29 In this engaging first novel, narrator Dolores Price recounts her life story from age four to age 40; her relentless parade of disasters makes for interesting reading. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1992-05-18 In this engaging first novel, narrator Dolores Price recounts her life story from age four to age 40. The troubled product of a stormy marriage, she is already sipping Maalox in grade school. Then her father walks out on her mother, who suffers a nervous collapse, and Dolores moves to her repressive grandmother's house in Rhode Island. By the time she reaches eighth grade, she has only one friend: a boarder who eventually rapes her. Anesthetizing herself with junk food and soap operas, Dolores becomes an obese, isolated young woman who attempts suicide during her first semester in college and spends seven years in a mental institution. Oddly enough, this relentless parade of disasters makes for interesting reading. The author keenly evokes his protagonist's profound alienation and self-loathing, endowing Dolores with a bleak sense of humor that keeps readers rooting for her. Ironically, the book itself ``comes undone'' as its heroine develops self-esteem, at which point an absorbing portrait of a woman on a collision course with her problems turns into a disappointing series of cliches about love, forgiveness and Dolores's ticking biological clock. Nonetheless, this is a promising debut. ( July ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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