Feverland: A Memoir in Shards

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About the Author
Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir, and the poetry collections Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, Fancy Beasts, and The Wish Book. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he contributes and reviews frequently for a wide range of media outlets. He lives with his wife and two children in Fort Worth, and teaches at Texas Christian University.
Praise for Feverland

"What a marvel of a book. In its rigor, variance, and sonic playfulness, Feverland makes a winning argument for the case that a life--in all its trial, tenderness, and physical troubling--is best presented in shards, as the subtitle indicates. Why? Because these vivid and surprising shards that Alex Lemon gives us teem with heft and life, evocative diction and sticking image, narrative brilliance and lyric mystery."--Elena Passarello, author of Animals Strike Curious Poses

"Feverland is a life turned on its head and dissected so that each ugly thing, each shiny bobble, each meanness, each fury of need, each ache, each bloom of love is laid bare for us. Alex Lemon has offered us an essential long stare into the bleak yet textured truth of illness, abuse, and disability; at the same time he offers us the one thing we all cling to despite it all: beauty and survival. Lemon's intense and stratified essays lean in and tell us the hardest thing we've ever heard, then embrace us so tightly we think we might burst from the sheer joy of being alive."--Ada Limón

"Lemon's bold decision to eschew narrative allows him to portray a sense of life as he lived it, with the blending of memory, sensory immediacy, and hopes and fears in a waking nightmare. In taut, vibrant prose, he pieces together the fragments of his life . . . His sparkling language and repeated motifs provide unity, and there is profound insight--even humor--in this tale from the dark side."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Alex Lemon's Feverland uses an unconventional structure to tell the story of its author's life to powerful effect. . . . Lemon's memoir is moving, unpredictable and sometimes digressive--in that, too, it's a lot like life itself."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

"I didn't read Feverland--I plunged into it. Alex Lemon's mind comes at you in a hot, mad rush, and you experience him as you experience your own past, all at once. A good memoir leaves you feeling that you know another person. This one, somehow, leaves you feeling that you know yourself as well."--J.C. Hallman, author of B & Me: A True Story of Literary Arousal

"[A] funhouse of memories . . . Feverland goes deeper into the experience of living in a body hellbent on self-destruction."----City Pages

Praise for Happy: A Memoir

"Lemon makes Happy harrowing and upbeat, writing with a poet's touch about the illness that overtook his jock life. . . . Nonfiction writers and poets have a secret alliance--working toward defining a truth instead of making it up. So when we get a twofer of a poet writing memoir, the results trend toward glinting precision."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Lemon takes his reader inside the terror and strangeness of illness--and gives us, along the way, a loving portrait of a devoted, wonderfully nutty mother. Lemon is a brave, headlong writer, and he captures the life of the body with vivid and memorable intensity."--Mark Doty

"The pyrotechnic prose of Lemon's memoir creates an electrifying portrait of a body in crisis, and the way the soul is inexorably, reluctantly, dragged along. . . . If ever a book was written in blood, it is this one."--Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

"Lemon packs the poignant wallop of a sprawling Dickensian novel with his taut, speedy memoir."--Denver Post

"This one is something special. . . . This is the story of a boy and his mother, but one whose tenderness sneaks up on you while you're distracted by all the blood and booze and hollering. The two of them can talk about nearly anything, but don't always have to. What Lemon and his mom have is that rarest of things in a trauma memoir, a parent-child relationship that is more than merely 'functional.' It's funkily, goofily, supremely life-affirming. Make that lifesaving."--Salon

"One of our time's most compelling memoirs . . . An electrifying portrait of a body in crisis."--Esquire

"A page-turner on par with the best thrillers . . . Lemon's exquisite prose blasts us out of our own time, heart, brain, and body into his, making an acute empathy possible. Read this and weep, laugh, weep."--Library Journal (Editors' Pick)

"Dazzling . . . An unnervingly intimate, relentlessly poetic recounting of debauchery, trauma and healing, Lemon's memoir is cut from the same cloth as David Carr's The Night of the Gun or James Frey's discredited A Million Little Pieces. But whereas those autobiographies reveled in the seamy details accompanying the wild life, Happy is far more concerned with the party's aftermath. . . . There are few modern works that so elegantly capture a mind and, by extension, a life on the verge of disintegration."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Happy is graphically raw and in-your-face; Lemon's dexterity with words forces the reader into gritty latitudes no one would visit voluntarily, and the level of detail will cause some readers to squirm. But Happy is an honest voyage into Lemon's keen mind, remarkable spirit and loving heart, and it shouldn't be missed."--Minneapolis Star Tribune