Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Review: So Much for That by Lionel Shriver


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I just finished reading a fascinating book that does a wonderful job of capturing not only the physical and emotional impact of living with a serious illness, but the extreme financial burden. In Lionel Shriver's book, "So Much for That: A Novel", she illustrates what it's really like. She goes into all the graphic details without shying away from situations that make the least squeamish among us cringe. Being sick is an exercise in daily demoralization. Most people never have to think about this, but reading Shriver's book will make them face it.

Even for people with good insurance a serious chronic or terminal illness can break them financially and push them into bankruptcy. It's scary, and it's a real possibility for the families in this story. Shriver does a fabulous job developing well-rounded characters and building tension. My only complaint is that the secondary story line didn't cut it for me, but that's a minor distraction from an otherwise well-written novel. I highly recommend you pick up a copy of
"So Much for That".
 

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