A tragic life
- By: Shermin Merali
Dolores Price, the misunderstood, self loathing, and eager to please fictitious heroine in Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone, illustrates how a child can go from fun loving and flamboyant to grossly disturbed. The book is narrated by 40 year old Dolores, who begins her story in 1956. We are introduced to a lovely little girl who is similar to many girls her age. Her parents struggle with infidelity, financial woes, and a stillborn baby boy. Dolores’s mother was not given the chance to mourn her son’s death and has a breakdown, leading to her admission to a psychiatric institution. All the while, Dolores tries to fill the gaps in her parents’ lives with humour and attention seeking behaviour, and we see how their personal problems interfere with her upbringing.
Her parents divorce and Dolores and her mother move to her grandmother’s home in Rhode Island, US. Being uprooted at a