Sick: A Memoir (Paperback)Porochista Khakpour (author)
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For as long as Porochista Khakpour can remember, she has been sick. For most of that time, she didn't know why.
A story of survival, pain and transformation, Sick examines the colossal impact of illness on one woman's life. It is a journey that took Porochista Khakpour from Tehran, the town of her birth, through the major cities of America, the country she came to call home, before she eventually found a diagnosis of late-stage Lyme disease.
Sick explores what it means to feel at home in one's body, and also one's country. And what it means not to.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
'Reads like a mystery and a reckoning with a love song at its core . . . Khakpour takes us all the way in on her struggle towards health with an intelligence and intimacy that moved, informed, and astonished me' - Cheryl Strayed
'Draws attention to the ways in which women are expected to tell stories of sickness' - The New Yorker
'Arresting... Sick upends all the tropes of the illness memoir... Khakpour's prose is beautiful, at once silky and scorching, like the curls of smoke rising from a fire that's just starting' - Slate
'Khakpour is a citizen of the world but a foreigner in her own "Lyme-struck" body. Her searing memoir about trying to make peace with a chronic illness redefines both dislocation and belonging' - Oprah Magazine
'Written with bravery and honesty, Sick is an account of chronic illness, drug addictions, pain both physical and emotional, and the toll of misdiagnosis' - BuzzFeed
'This book gives a voice - a fierce, booming, brutally honest voice - to the millions of people silently suffering with invisible illnesses of their own . . . Thank you, thank you, thank you, Porochista for giving so much of yourself in this miraculous memoir. The world is a better place with your book in it' - Susannah Cahalan, author of Brain on Fire
'Absolutely essential... Beautifully written, thought-provoking and illuminating' - Nylon
'In this unrelenting memoir, Khakpour examines the brutality the world delivers upon our bodies while offering glimpses of hope amid life's uncertainties' - Esquire