“ Undetectable” is a story about Kim Goldberg’s journey through hepatitis C treatment. It may muddy the waters to say that this tightly written book parallels a 17th-century travel diary written by Matsuo Basho. But trust me, it works. Undetectable is part memoir, part poetry, and part journey into the interior of the self. Gathering images from nature, Kim weaves history and social issues into a story that is everyone’s story.
Told with achingly raw truth, Kim taunts us to look deeper, but applies a balm of humor just in case the reader decides to take Kim too seriously. Kim’s journey can’t be pigeon-holed. You don’t need to have hepatitis C or any illness for this book to be relevant. You just need to be human, and this book invites us to be fully that.
Spoiler alert: the title is deceptive. The story won’t be ruined by saying the treatment cures Kim, since she reveals in the preface. What you will have to discover for yourself is that this book is not just about hepatitis C treatment; “undetectable” refers to more than her final viral load.
Undetectable is published by Pig Squash Press, is 159 pages, and sells for $19.00. If you love words and storytelling, the book is a bargain.
Reviewed by Lucinda K. Porter, RN, a long-time contributor to the HCV Advocate and author of Free from Hepatitis C and Hepatitis C One Step at a Time. She blogs at www.LucindaPorterRN.com and HepMag.com