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June 20, 2014 / Leslie

Spotlight & Giveaway: The Fever by Megan Abbott

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.

To celebrate this week’s release of The Fever, I have one copy to give away to a reader with a US address.

About the Book

The-Fever-Megan-AbbottThe Fever

by Megan Abbott
Genre: YA Thriller
Publish Date: June 17, 2014
Format: Hardcover | 320 pages

The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.

In the idyllic community of Dryden, Tom Nash is a popular high school teacher and the father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and Deenie, a diligent student with a close-knit group of friends-who are all horrified one day in class when Deenie’s best friend, Lise, is struck by a terrifying, brutal, and unexplained seizure. As Lise clings to life in the hospital, the seizures systematically infect more teenage girls, one by one, sending the entire town into terrified, questioning chaos. Is there a dangerous virus at work? Is it something in the school itself? Are the girls faking it? Who or what is to blame-and who will be next?

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.

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.

Connect with Megan

Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Webpage

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.”

“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.”

Giveaway Information

Courtesy of the publicist, I have one copy of The Fever to give away to a reader with a US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, June 28th. For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway. Winners will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

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Source: Giveaway provided by Tandem Literary.
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Leave a Comment
  1. Jess resides here (@frellathon) / Jun 20 2014 5:22 am

    I really want to check this one out. I’ve seen it on so many blogs. Looks like a great read


  2. sagustocox / Jun 20 2014 10:48 am

    This has been getting good reviews.


  3. Sheila (Book Journey) / Jun 20 2014 12:10 pm

    I have been hearing good things about this one!


  4. Suko / Jun 20 2014 2:49 pm

    Fever is a hot book right now! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar.


  5. Sue / Jun 23 2014 7:39 pm

    Sounds very interesting.



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