Wednesday, September 30, 2015

BLOG TOUR: Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene Fogelberg

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Book Information
Genre: Memoir
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: She Writes Press (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1631529854

Synopsis: Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?

Unflinchingly honest and often harrowing, Beautiful Affliction is an inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death—and of the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found there.

Review: This is an amazing story written by an amazing woman.  It goes back and forth between the present and the past so that we get an honest and emotional look at what Lene had to go through in her life. When you read her descriptions of her attacks, and her panicked thoughts, you feel as though you are experiencing them right along with her.

Having faced the possibility of death myself, and having to contemplate how that would impact my  husband and children, much of this story resonated with me. I highly recommend it, and promise that it will make you look at each day with a deeper sense of gratitude.

Rating: Four stars

About the author
 photo 14091259_zpshxee3dds.jpg Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, her curiosity for culture and language has drawn her to live abroad, in Germany, France and the United States, studying German, French, and English along the way. She currently lives with her family in Indonesia, where she is working on a novel that takes place in Jakarta.

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