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5.0 out of 5 stars
Tears and laughter on a journey through M.E., 30 July 2008
It's very, very seldom that a book can reduce me to tears but this novel, by new writer Nasim Marie Jafry has done just that. In my case this is partly because the subject matter is so close to my own heart since I am someone who has struggled with M.E. for over 30 years. Many of the life events have happened to me and many of the remarks and struggles with family and the medical profession have happened too.
Jafry's ability to communicate a life such as hers and mine through the telling of seemingly everyday situations and occurrences is wonderful. Every hurdle, every bruising nuance that M.E. brings to the smallest task is set down here in black and white. If anyone ever wanted to know how a life can be transformed from a spontaneous freewheeling journey to a tangled and interrupted stumble they would only need to pick up your book. Having said that, The State of Me is not a work that can be consigned to the tall heap of misery memoirs which seem to be the 'genre de jour' at the moment. It's full of light and shade and contains a lovely, witty device where the narrative is occasionally interrupted by an ongoing dialogue between Helen, the central character and The Stranger who knows nothing about M.E. and constantly asks the most innocuous and innocent questions about the illness and Helen's every day life. Best of all there's a happy ending.
Whether you want to read a good tale about the twists and turns in the life of a bright young woman or want to know more about M.E. this book from a new talent is a winner.