She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

lamb, wally - shes come undonethumbs_up ) Reality. It’s gray, it’s a mess. It’s not pretty, but not all ugly either. This story captures it perfectly, or not perfectly at all, if you want to think of it that way.

Dolores is the main character. The book follows her from her childhood up until her mid-adult years. She suffers the trauma of a rape which haunts her for life, as well as the usual struggles of childhood. Plus, her mom is sent to a psychiatric ward, so Dolores lives with her grandmother. Her father has already nearly abandoned the family. In her teen years she becomes obese, using her fat as a sort of armor to the outside world. She attends college for short time, but leaves after a series of incidents. She is sent to a psych ward herself for about 7 years. She leaves, and loses the weight. She marries someone she orchestrated a relationship with, but she soon finds he isn’t who she thought he was. They divorce, and she moves on with her life.

There is no fairytale ending. She finds happiness, but nothing for her is solved. She only moves on with life and accepts it as what it is. The important lesson is to always accept happiness in your life – don’t be afraid of it. But also to roll with the punches when they come.

I really enjoyed the down to earth nature of this book. I’m going to find more by this author, for sure.

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