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Published by Pocket on June 28th 1998
Source: Own book
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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.
Wally Lamb is a relatively local author to me, he lives about an hour and a half away. I actually really love his books, though he writes contemporary fiction, which normally is NOT my thing at all. As a matter of fact, he’s the only author I’ll read in that genre!
This was actually a reread for me, which I enjoyed almost-but-not-quite as much as I did the first time, which was when the book first came out.
It’s a coming of age story about a gal who grows up in a household with a distant father, a grandmother who cares but doesn’t know how to show it, and a mother who battles her own mental illnesses and demons. Of course she can’t help but to grow up to be a mess, too.
As I said, it’s definitely not my usual read, but I enjoyed it all the same. You can’t help but share Dolores pain, and you can’t help but compare what she goes through with issues in your own life (which is why I don’t like contemporary fiction; it can sometimes be too close to home, and I read to “forget” my life).
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