Play It as It Lays, by Joan Didion, is a gut-wrenching story about numbness and despair, and is a case study in using style to convey meaning.
Gah, love Didion, though I've never read her fiction. I'll have to check this one out. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, if you haven't tried it yet, is my favorite of hers.
Thank you for your insightful, thoughtful review. The book seems unique, in the way it's written. The subject matter is indeed something necessary to explore. Who hasn't felt and wanted nothing at some point in their life? I imagine when you were recovering from your concussion (I hope you're better now), your body must have been fighting for your healing and protecting you from feeling. I feel that often when my inflammation flares up.