The State of Me
|Author||Nasim Marie Jafry|
|Publisher||The Friday Project (HarperCollins) (UK)|
|Media type||print & digital|
The State of Me is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Nasim Marie Jafry and published by HarperCollins in 2008. It is a fictionalised account of a young woman's life with ME, based on her own experience.
It's 1983 and 20-year-old university student Helen Fleet should be enjoying the best days of her life, but while all her friends go on to graduate and have careers in London, she is forced to return to her parents' home, bedridden with vile symptoms that doctors can't explain and often don't believe. She is eventually diagnosed with M.E., a cruel illness that she must learn to live with over the next decade. All of her relationships are tested – and changed – by her condition, but Helen's story is so much more than an account of her suffering. At times sad and at times funny, the author skillfully leads the reader through the trials and tribulations of Helen's life, perfectly capturing her unusual experiences as a twenty-something woman living in 80s Scotland with a mystery illness.
Based on the author's own experience of ME The State of Me explores the loneliness and chaos of one of the most misunderstood illnesses of our time, but also celebrates the importance of family, friendships, and sexual love.