This book questions the boundaries between the real and the unreal in social media, intimacy, embodiedness, and ways deep diving into ourselves often leads us to increasingly strange and distant places. Beautifully written and incredibly nuanced, this debut collection is eerie, uncomfortable, and dreamy all at once. Ultimately Hodson’s project is an astonishing chronicle of intensity which reads as a wonderfully strange and rewarding experience.
Dark, hilarious, spellbinding this hero’s journey through working-class America follows a heroine on a search for identity and healing, while struggling to both confront and repress a chaotic and destructive past. An anti-coming of age story rife with the complexities of true human strangeness, this book is unbelievably good.
Resisting the easy narrative which many memoirs follow in dealing with chronic illness, Khakpour reenacts the struggle not toward resolution, but simply toward diagnosis itself. Organized by setting and suffused with uncertainty and a sense of dislocation, Sick is a story of transformation and struggle that refuses defensiveness or moralizing. Placing herself in a history of women who have been treated as unreliable witnesses to the chaos inside of them, the book also becomes, in its own way, a feminist consideration of illness and treatment.