Shopsin is a professional illustrator and her simple illustrations and her husband’s photographs help bring to life this memoir of life and possible death. It begins in India: “There are people still sleeping on top of parked cars and trucks. Taxis and dogs are everywhere. It is dirty, noisy and loud. The crowds are thick between crumbling buildings, battling overgrown trees. Mumbai is hard-f cling core. I love it. I’m overwhelmed and within three hours of walking need a nap.” Through out her time in India her fatigue grows far beyond jet lag. You know something is wrong. When she is back in New York she helps at her father’s famous restaurant as well as works on “illos”, her abbreviation for illustrations. But even then falls asleep when she sits down for a break.
The memoir is written in simple declarative sentences, a style that works well for Shopsin. It is an easy read that is well worth the time.