The Migraine Mafia, by Maia Sepp


On paper, Viive McBroom has it all-a loving husband, a key position in a fast-paced, technical field, one promotion away from real success-but that’s only if you ignore one little problem. Sandwiched between one migraine and the next, Viive’s life is like those choose-your-own-adventure books you read as a kid, only less fun and with a lot more drugs. Faced with frustration from her loved ones and the dark machinations of a new colleague, Viive feels herself getting pulled under by guilt, apologies, and workplace shenanigans. But then she meets the Migraine Mafia, a quirky, vibrant support group, and she discovers that a room full of strangers just might be able to change the way she views her illness-and realizes that if she doesn’t learn to ask for help, her health isn’t the only thing she stands to lose. Sometimes painful, frequently hilarious, always entertaining, The Migraine Mafia is the story of one woman’s quest to thrive in the face of chronic illness.

Maia tells the story of a woman dealing with a chronic illness and the perception of the world towards that illness. From an understanding husband to a “blame the victim” sister-in-law, Viive experiences a varying array of emotions, interactions and obstacles to overcome. Viive is likable and we want her to persevere in the face of adversity. The story ending left me wanting, but overall it was an enjoyable read. I’m awarding three stars for “I liked it!”

Maia Sepp

Maia Sepp is an author of quirky contemporary and dystopian fiction. She left the tech sector to write books about sock thievery, migraines, the future, and…the tech sector. Her latest, “Wake,” is the prequel to the End Times Series and is a story about climate change, unruly appliances, and finding somewhere to belong. It will be available spring 2015. “The Sock Wars, an Amazon top-100 digital bestseller, is her first book. Maia’s second novel is “The Migraine Mafia,” a story about a nerdy thirtysomething’s quest to come to terms with a chronic illness. Her third book, “An Etiquette Guide to the End Times,” is a humorous near-future dystopian novella.


About Mark Gardner

Mark Gardner lives in northern Arizona with his wife, three children and a pair of spoiled dogs. Mark holds a degrees in Computer Systems and Applications and Applied Human Behavior. View all posts by Mark Gardner

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