In one sense, it’s the perfect book to end the course. It’s the most current book we read, so it feels lighter after a semester of Kafka, Tolstoy, and Dickens. And it’s the only book we read that takes the point-of-view of the healthy character rather than the sick character, providing an interesting twist on our theme.
Plus, author Dave Eggers gets prolonged sickness, its effects on the well, and having a sick parent who dies. He gets it so right. He writes about the sick house — about how a prolonged sickness slowly becomes reflected in your surroundings. Windows get broken and stay broken. Doors get knocked loose and stay loose. Everything becomes slightly crooked. Your home starts crumbling along with your body.