Book Recommendation - She's Come Undone

"She's Come Undone" is Wally Lamb's first novel. I read this book in High School and it still engages me now.


It tells the story of Dolores' life from her youth to age 40, chronicling her parents divorce, the mental break down of her mother, and her own rape by a friend.

Following Dolores from high school to college, and then finally to her stay in a mental institution, this book is an engaging story of one woman's struggle with what life has thrown at her.

Rather then let her struggles destroy her life, she battles on with a dry and sometimes cutting sense of humor. This book reflects what it means to not just live life, but survive life.

What makes it even more engaging is that the book was written by a man, but his unique insights into Dolores' character makes it all the more engaging.

Some of the passages are very difficult to read, especially the ones that deal with Dolores' rape, but don't let this keep you from reading this book.

Note from Megan, Editor of the Book Club Guide

Thanks for the great review. This is a book that's much-loved by book clubs around the world, and for good reason! It has even been an Oprah's Book Club pick.

When you're discussing this book in your book club, explore the fact that this first-person female narrative is written by a man.

How does this shape your attitude toward the book, if at all? What different ideas or perspectives does a male author bring to Dolores' character?

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