Meet Dolores Price. She's thirteen, wise-mouthed but wounded. Beached like a whale in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the chocolate, crisps and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies.
When she finally rolls 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 really going belly up.
In his extraordinary coming-of-age odyssey, Wally Lamb invites us to hitch an incredible ride on a journey of love, pain, and renewal with the most heartbreakingly comical heroine to come along in years.
At once a fragile girl and a hard-edged cynic, so tough to love yet so inimitably loveable, Dolores is as poignantly real as our own imperfections.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/12/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780684860091
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Review by welldorian
Despite the fact that I really liked this book, it's not even a veiled cliche of a book. The main character is subjected to all manner of abuse as a child, abuses herself as an adult, goes seven different kinds of insane over a guy not worth anyone's time, is more or less fixed by therapy, and ends her little story romantically happy.
Review by bethmal
Could not put this one down. Operah has good taste.
Review by arenstro22
Girl growing up with crazy mom, run away dad, super religious grandma and various neighbors. Slow at parts, but ultimately pretty good. Bittersweet ending, makes your heart go out to her.
Review by Terosauras
A favorite book by my favorite author. Not for the weak of heart.
Review by litelady-ajh
It's been a long time since I have read this one; but I could read it over & over. Great story, I wish Wally Lamb would write more!
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