Monday, April 5, 2010
So Much for That by Lionel Shriver #19
Shep Knacker is a handyman in New York City with a dream of moving to a tropical island and giving up all the cares of the big city life. To this end he has been scrimping and saving all his life, keeping his money in an investment account, waiting for the day when he could go, with or without his beloved wife Glynis and their son. However a diagnosis of cancer for Glynis changes everything as well as health problems for Shep's elderly father and also his best friend and fellow handyman Jackson.
This book is a commentary on the American medical care system and the failings of medical insurance.
After finishing it, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. The themes of illness and lack of adequate and compassionate care would seem to be a downer. Shep is a very wise man so the end of the book is definitely on a positive note. I recommend this book highly.