So Lucky by Nicola Griffith
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book reads so much like a memoir I had to keep reminding myself it isn't. The murder plots and shadow creatures are not real.
But everything else probably is, and based on the author's experience. Mara is working as the Executive Director for an HIV non-profit, very successful, and has just parted ways with her wife of 14 years, when she has a fall. It is revealed to be Multiple Sclerosis.
The writing is punchy and I found myself reading it cover to cover. I had always meant to go back and read Hild by the same author, a completely different genre from this one, so I was interested in this, not even knowing what it was. I didn't expect what I found, because I hadn't read anything about it. I think readers who have liked Lisa Genova's books on disease (Still Alice, Inside the O'Briens, Every Note Played, etc.) would devour this, but it has a different kind of intensity: it feels personal.
It feels personal, because it is. The author posts openly on her blog about coming out as queer, and then having to come out with MS later on. The character she writes in So Lucky knows how to mobilize, how to build community, and how to advocate, and it feels like the world beyond this novel has more hope because of it.
I supervise someone with MS, and I also want to say that this book helped me in my understanding of the daily life of this disease.
The author has even created a Spotify playlist to accompany it, which I always love.
Thanks to the publisher for providing me early access to this title through Edelweiss. It comes out May 15, 2018.
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