The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.
The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie's best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.
As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town's fragile idea of security.
Named one of Entertainment Weekly's 2014 "14 Reads That Are Worth The Wait" and called "a mesmerizing modern portrait of teenage life today" by Gillian Flynn, THE FEVER has received rave reviews from Booklist ("a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible"), Publishers Weekly ("thrilling...gripping...
Loosely inspired by the nationally reported story of the purported "mass hysteria" outbreak in Le Roy, NY in 2012, THE FEVER is a haunting, thought-provoking page-turner that examines the powers of desire, guilt, secrets, and fear. It's at once entrancing and disturbing, and readers will not be able to put it down until the very last page.
Megan Abbott wrote one of the most memorable and beloved books of 2012. Called "deft, intelligent, and enthralling" by Kate Atkinson and "spectacular" by Chelsea Cain in the New York Times Book Review, her novel Dare Me--a chilling story of backstabbing cheerleaders and adolescent rivalries--was nominated for Anthony and Steel Dagger awards, was Gillian Flynn's Holiday Book Picks selection for NBC's Today show, and made many Best Books of 2012 lists.
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EARLY PRAISE FOR THE FEVER:
"An unforgettable inquiry into the emotional lives of young people... It's also a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible...Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer."--Booklist, Starred Review
"Thrilling...a gripping story fueled by razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and the insecurities of teenage girls."--Publishers Weekly
"The book to beat... in the "Is it the next 'Gone Girl'?" sweepstakes."--Janet Maslin, New York Times
"The lives of teenage girls are dangerous, beautiful things in Abbott's stunning novel... Abbott expertly ratchet[s] up the suspense...nothing should be taken at fact value." --Kirkus, Starred Review
"THE FEVER is deliciously, page-turningly 'no, no, leave me alone, I'm almost done!' Abbott nails both the reality of being a teenage girl and the hyper-reality of memory." --BookRiot
"No one understands the social dynamics of teenage girls better than Megan Abbott...settling into THE FEVER, one realizes that Abbott is setting a rhythm, one that's measured and paced with the brilliance of one of the best living mystery writers." --Grantland
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Believer, Los Angeles Review of Books, Detroit Noir and Queens Noir among other places. She received her PhD in literature from New York University. She lives in New York and recently served as the John Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Currently, she is working on the screenplay for her novel, Dare Me, soon to be a major motion picture.
THE FEVER BOOK TOUR:
June 17, 7:00pm ET | Book Court | Brooklyn, NY
June 18, 7:00pm ET | WORD with Julia Fiero | Brooklyn, NY
June 20, 7:00pm ET |Brookline Booksmith with Stona Fitch | Brookline, MA
June 22, 3:00pm ET | Nicola's Books | Ann Arbor, MI
June 23, 7:00pm ET | Barnes and Noble | Troy, MI
June 24, 5:00pm ET | Square Books | Oxford, MS
June 25, 6:30pm CT | Murder by the Book | Houston, TX
June 26, 7:00pm CT | Book People | Austin, TX
July 1, 7:00pm MT | Poisoned Pen with Jeff Abbott | Phoenix, AZ