The Last Bookstore is pleased to present Porochista Khakpour and her new memoir SICK. Porochista will be in-conversation with Sini Anderson. Join us to learn more about the creation of this beautiful memoir, the literary craft and Porochista’s lifelong struggle with lyme disease.
In the tradition of Brain on Fire and Darkness Visible, SICK (Harper Perennial) is an honest, beautifully rendered memoir of chronic illness, misdiagnosis, addiction, and the myth of full recovery that details author Porochista Khakpour’s struggles with late-stage Lyme disease.
For as long as Porochista can remember, she has been sick. Most of that time, she didn’t know why. All her trips to the ER and daily anguish, pain, and lethargy only ever resulted in one question: How could any one person be this sick? Several drug addictions, three major hospitalizations, and over $100,000 later, she finally had a diagnosis: late-stage Lyme disease.
Featured on over a dozen most-anticipated lists for 2018 including Boston Globe, Buzzfeed, Philadelphia Magazine, Huffpost, The Millions, Bustle, Electric Literature, Nylon, The Rumpus, and more!
The book has also received rave advance praise:
“Porochista Khakpour’s powerful memoir, SICK, reads like a mystery and a reckoning with a love song at its core. Humane, searching, and unapologetic, SICK is about the thin lines and vast distances between illness and wellness, healing and suffering, the body and the self. Khakpour takes us all the way in on her struggle toward health with an intelligence and intimacy that moved, informed, and astonished me.”
— Cheryl Strayed, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller Wild
“This is a story of towering frustrations written so beautifully that through the weird alchemy of art it ends up lifting the reader’s spirits. You read these elegant sentences and get the elusive click that you get in the presence of the real thing. To the list of brilliant fiction writers penning timeless memoirs—Nabokov, McBride, Wright, Styron, Ward, Gay, both Wolffs, to name a few—we now indelibly add the name Khakpour. Khakpour battles a disease that attacks the quality of one’s life in every way, but perhaps the most poignant element here is the world’s lack of faith in her affliction, so that she faces the double indignity of fighting a fearsome foe on the one hand and arguing for its potency on the other. This is a gripping, moving, thoughtful meditation written at the highest levels of narrative engagement.”
— Matthew Thomas, New York Times bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
“Thank you Porochista Khakpour for writing an unflinchingly honest, complicated, memoir about living life with Lyme. ‘SICK’ should be required reading at every medical school!”
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.