For the month of August...
We will be reading the club's first memoir 'Sick,' by Porochista Khakpour. I first found Porochista via the chronic illness community on Instagram about 4 years ago. Not only did we have chronic illness in common, but I also wanted to see how you can fight for you life and overcoming health issues, as well as fight to keep living a life by continuing to write and create despite it. She's been a great example to have followed all these years and so I had this book on preorder for what felt like forever. And here it is, laying next to my side now patiently waiting for me to read it. So with the amount of buzz this book has generated online I thought it'd be a perfect fit for all my clubees here at Blur Book Club. So let's give this a shot and come back at the end of august and chat.
"A story about survival, pain, and transformation, Sick is a candid, illuminating narrative of hope and uncertainty, boldly examining the deep impact of illness on one woman's life."
Porochista Khakpour’s debut novel Sons and Other Flammable Objects was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, one of the Chicago Tribune’s Fall’s Best, and the 2007 California Book Award winner in the “First Fiction” category. Her second novel The Last Illusion was a 2014 "Best Book of the Year" according to NPR, Kirkus, Buzzfeed, Popmatters, Electric Literature, and many more. Among her many fellowships is a National Endowment for the Arts award. Her nonfiction has appeared in many sections of The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Elle, Slate, Salon, and Bookforum, among many others. Currently, she is guest faculty at VCFA and Stonecoast's MFA programs as well as Contributing Editor at The Evergreen Review. Born in Tehran and raised in the Los Angeles area, she lives in New York City’s Harlem.