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Fatigue Artist

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  101 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The Fatigue Artist is a refreshingly candid story about life, love, and survival in the contemporary world. A writer living in New York City, Laura is overwhelmed by a mysterious lethargy and retreats to her bed where she reflects on the loves and losses of her recent past and seeks the cure to her perplexing tiredness.
Fortified by the Eastern teachings of her Tai Chi in
Paperback, 320 pages
Published July 25th 1996 by Scribner (first published June 1st 1995)
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"Don't let anyone accuse of of malingering, [the doctor:] said.
"Little did he know how much I'd like to malinger, but I can't seem to get the hang of it. I keep shuffling to my desk to work on my book. ... tinker with a phrase here and there, until my brain short-circuits. Lights out. I sit holding the thin manuscript on my lap ... hoping it will grow from love alone." (p. 112)

As a novel, it's got some things to be desired. No particular plot, for example, although there's a romantic subplot we
I can't even think of a comment to make other than "blah" and I didn't like this book at all.

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"From the acclaimed author of Leaving Brooklyn and Disturbances in the Field comes a witty, sophisticated novel that confirms Lynne Sharon Schwartz as a major voice in American fiction.

At age forty, Laura is struggling with the violent death of her reporter husband as well as an obsessive on-again-off-again love affair with an elusive actor. Suddenly, she find herself incapacitated by a m
Christine Cody
I love this book. It was the book that introduced me to Lynne Sharon Schwartz. When I discovered Fatigue Artist, I was in the throes of a severe semi-disabling case of fibromyalgia. The title sounded exactly as I was feeling, so I picked up the book. I barely set it down until I had finished it. With intelligence, humor, and self-deprecating honesty, Schwartz perfectly captures what happens to a woman's life when her body seems to betray her and she begins to lose herself amidst the fatigue, the ...more
I am reading this book in my first trimester of pregnancy. At one point, a character compares chronic fatigue syndrome to my state. There are a lot of similarities, and you can consider that as having made me biased towards the book & its protagonist, although in which direction, I'm not sure.

My fundamental problem with this book is that it really never draws you into the story. It's a narrative told entirely from the point of view of Laura, a writer with chronic fatigue syndrome, and follow
Reading about Laura, a forty year old woman suffering from some type of depression or chronic fatigue, I forgot I was in a book and thought she was a friend telling me her story on the phone. The prose is that REAL.
i love this writer; this book was like a fresh pool of water in the dusty city on a mid-august sunday afternoon.
Gave me some useful insight into what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome must be like for some people.
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Lynne Sharon Schwartz (b. 1939) is a celebrated author of novels, poems, short fiction, and criticism. Schwartz began her career with a series of short stories before publishing her first novel, the National Book Award–nominated Rough Strife (1980). She went on to publish works of memoir, poetry, and translation. Her other novels have included the award-nominated Leaving Brooklyn (1989) and Distur ...more
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“My head aches, my eyes burn, my arms and legs have given up, and my face in the mirror has a grayish cast. The bed, across the room, calls in its unmistakable lover's croon, Come to me, come, only I can make you truly happy, oh, how happy I'll make you, don't resist, remember how you moan with pleasure the instant we touch.....

Laura Acosta”
“Parables, yes. We here are to lead life with woe. Tasting bitter.

the Tai Chi instructor”
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