Love and Fatigue in Americaby Roger King
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When an Englishman receives an invitation from an American university, he embraces it as a jubilant new beginning. Instead, on arrival, he is stricken with a persistent inability to stand up or think straight. Diagnosed with ME disease—also called chronic fatigue syndrome—he moves restlessly across his newly adopted country, searching for a love and a life suited to his new condition. Love and Fatigue in America briskly compresses an illness, a nation, and an era in a masterly blend of literary forms.
“King fashions a rich, compelling, and often wry narrative. . . . He captures ‘the labor of being sick in America.’”—Eric J. Iannelli, Times Literary Supplement
“This moving autobiographical novel . . . brings into relief many of America’s follies and excesses, most notably our health-care system. . . . After more than fifteen years, America brings the narrator ‘not aspiration realized, nor a largeness of life fitting to its open spaces, but the nascent ability to be satisfied with less.’”—The New Yorker
A painfully beautiful book. It’s also gloriously sexy and . . . among the finest depictions of queer life in 1990s San Francisco. Poetic, tragic, and often euphoric, it’s the kind of story that I found myself wanting to live inside of.”—The Gay and Lesbian Review
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Meet the Author
Roger King is the author of four previous novels: Horizontal Hotel, Written on a Stranger’s Map, Sea Level, and A Girl from Zanzibar. Since 1991 he has suffered from ME disease. A native of London, he lives in Leverett, Massachusetts.
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This is a beautiful book that gives the best sense of what its like to suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. For those of us who are patients, it is a way to have our loved ones and friends better understand how it feels to suffer from this illness. I highly recommend this book for anyone, but particularly for those of us affected by CFS.
Love and Fatigue in a America is a rarity among illness memoirs; it is truthful without descending into pathos. King's dry humor infuses this book with a kind of perspective one rarely sees in autobiographies, and his honesty will resonate with anyone who has had this or any other life-altering illness. Nothing I've ever read on this subject has given me greater insight than King's eloquent portrayal of a man whose life has suddenly taken a left turn into nowhere. This is a book that should be read by everyone who has had ME/CFS, or who knows anyone with the illness. Highly recommended.