Karen Havelin's Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a life told in reverse and a subversion of what we expect from stories of illness.
Having been diagnosed with endometriosis in her twenties, we follow Laura Fjellstad in her struggle to live a normal life across New York, Paris and Oslo, fueled by her belief that to survive her chronic illness she must be completely self-reliant. Flowing backwards from 2016 to 1995, we meet Laura's younger selves: her healthier selves.
Laura as a daughter, a figure skater, a lover, and a mother-finally leading a life her own teenage self would be in awe of.
To be devoured intensely in one sitting, Please Read This Leaflet Carefully is a remarkable debut novel with bracing emotional insights and piercing descriptions of pain that linger in one's mind long after the last page.
It is also a beguiling meditation on relationships, motherhood, sexuality, pain and the limitations of our own bodies.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Publisher: Cinder House
- Publication Date: 30/05/2019
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781911585541