A Life Less Convenient: Letters To My Ex
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A Life Less Convenient: Letters To My Ex

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Published (first published February 5th 2013)
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Jun 01, 2008 Rachel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people dealing with a terminal illnes
I have never read a book that lays out the struggles of an illness as insightful as A Life Less Convenient (ALLC) does. Jennifer Burke deserves a great deal of accolades for putting together this magnificent journey into the love affair a terminal illness has with one’s body. The ex presented in this book is a conglomeration of several people in the narrator’s life over the beginning years of her diagnosis. Her body is taken over and controlled by Lupus, and her relationships provide the emotion...more
I must be missing something. It seems like a story of self-obsession. I know from my own involvement with fibromyalgia that much of such conditions is just focusing too much on the illness. Maybe that is not the author's problem and I just completely missed the point. I didn't find it interesting reading, though it was well-composed.
It wasreally something new to read, it shows the struggles of an illness very insightful. But at times I had the feeling the person telling was rather.selfcentered with her developed obsessions. Maybe you.simply become like that, when your body betrays you. Rather depressing read actually.
I was intrigued by the concept of this book, but the execution fell flat for me. I felt like I was reading someone's unedited diary or box of letters kept under the bed. Some of it interesting, most of it not.
A novel about love, sex, and chronic illness, written by a disabled femme author? Yes, please! Jennifer Clare Burke’s depiction of everyday life with chronic illness resonated deeply with me and I loved it!
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