Blog Tour: Beautiful Affliction by Lene Fogelberg (Melissa’s review)

Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir

Beautiful Affliction
written by Lene Fogelberg
published by She Writes Press, 2015

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I liked it, but it was just a bit too poetic for my taste. It’s possibly because I’ve got some serious postpartum hormone fluctuations, but I’m just not sure apple juice is all that awesome. Don’t get me wrong — I definitely enjoyed this book . . . it’s just a little too syrupy for me. I feel bad saying that about a memoir, but I still will; Anders may be an awesome husband, but he HAS to have done SOMETHING annoying, right?

Anyway. It’s a great story. My heart is happy that Lene found the answer to her riddle.



“. . . realization comes to me, all over my aching body, that the most painful moments can also be the most beautiful ones.”



Would I recommend it: Absolutely . . . unless you’re feeling emotionally vulnerable.

About the book – from Goodreads: 
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.


About the author: Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, she has made it a priority to live abroad in places like Germany, France and the United States, studying French, English and German 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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