Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene FogelbergBeautiful Affliction: A Memoir by Lene Fogelberg

Beautiful Affliction: A Memoir

byLene Fogelberg

Paperback | September 15, 2015

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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?
A young woman risks everything to save her own life in this "unusual, riveting medical drama crafted with deep emotion and exquisite detail" (BookPage).
Lene Fogelberg is aWall Street Journalbest-selling author, an award-winning poet and double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, she currently lives with her family in Malaysia. Learn more at
Title:Beautiful Affliction: A MemoirFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 15, 2015Publisher:She Writes PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1631529854

ISBN - 13:9781631529856

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from It was real I don't usually read memoires. If they were all like this, I think I would read more of them. I have marked passages that have stood out to me. Although her affliction is not mine, there are feelings I relate to and moments that feel familiar. The beautiful part is the little bits of wisdom, she shares throughout the book, that can only come to those who struggle. We all struggle in some way or another I guess the key is to find those wisdom moments and take them in.
Date published: 2015-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this book! Time very well spent! This is one of the most beautifully and poetically written books I’ve ever read. But, despite the beauty of it (usually that means a slow read for me), the language flows so easily, it reads so well, and it is SO exciting - one even starts to worry if she is going to survive, even though it is clearly a memoir - that one cannot put this book down. There are several sections where I was just completely blown away with the eloquence in describing the feelings so well, which invoked them in myself, so strongly. That’s skill. Yes, read this book, and enjoy the heightened senses of wonder and clear viewing of the world you get during reading and when you are done. Seeing the world through this author's eyes, it is a place of intense and incredible beauty, every little detail. Inspiring.
Date published: 2015-10-21

Editorial Reviews

"Fogelberg, a poet, structures her saga well, writing in alternating chapters about growing up with her 'monster,' and arriving in the United States, where her condition is diagnosed and she has corrective open-heart surgery. Beautiful Affliction is an unusual, riveting medical drama crafted with deep emotion and exquisite detail."—BookPage"In her breathtaking memoir, Beautiful Affliction, Lene Fogelberg elegantly unites the savagery and raw beauty of the natural world with the wisdom and poignant insight of a young wife and mother for whom each moment, whether or not she realizes it, may be her last. Exquisite imagery and poetic prose pulse through this powerful, emotionally gripping story. With Beautiful Affliction, Lene Fogelberg gives us a gorgeously written story to savor and share, while adding her shimmering, deeply intelligent voice to the literary pantheon."—Terri Giuliano Long, author of USA Today bestseller In Leah's Wake"Gripping, powerful, touching, beautiful. A memoir about a woman who fights to remain alive because of her daughters and her husband. A story everyone can relate to and will want to read to the inspiring end."—Mette Ivie Harrison, author of Ironmom and New York Times Notable Book, The Bishop's Wife"Beautiful Affliction is an important and beautiful book about the ways in which our health impacts our lives, and the courage, strength, and healing that can result with persistence. A wonderfully honest and sincere memoir."—Laura Pritchett, author of Stars Go Blue and winner of the PEN USA Award"Lene Fogelberg's story is breathtaking in all the right ways-delicately and skillfully told-and a powerful reminder that life is fragile and can only be lived one breath at a time."—Carol Lynn Pearson, bestselling author, poet, and playwright"Lene Fogelberg's memoir will have even the most doubtful believing in miracles. Honest, unapologetic, inspiring, Beautiful Affliction is ultimately a testament to the sustaining power of love."—Ashley Warner, author of the award-winning memoir The Year After"Beautiful Affliction is a deeply moving and important memoir about a young woman fighting for her life against all odds. It's a suspenseful page-turner and also the work of a poet. Fogelberg's physical heart is shutting down, even as her emotional heart is filled to bursting with love-for her husband and two little girls, for her whole world that may vanish in an instant. Her breathtaking odyssey will remind the reader of the beauty, fragility, and ephemerality of life. I absolutely love this book. It was an inspiration to read, and it will stay with me for a long time."—Alice Eve Cohen, award-winning author of The Year My Mother Came Back and What I Thought I Knew"Lene Fogelberg's inspiring memoir of life with a literal broken heart teaches us to recognize beauty amidst our own pain and suffering. Having also experienced complicated heart issues and a lifetime of surgeries I found myself reliving my own sacred experience."—Paul Cardall, #1 Billboard Pianist & Steinway Artist"Fogelberg has crafted a literary and beautifully compelling story, which is much more than a medical mystery. It is a heartfelt and touching story about a mother who loves her husband and children and struggles with the thought of leaving them behind. Her efforts to give them a sense of her love and how she wants that love to be remembered is what makes this book a magnificent memoir that I will be thinking about for a long time."—Steven L. Peck, author of The Scholar of Moab and A Short Stay in Hell"Fogelberg's poetic sensibility shines. Vivid, heartfelt, and carefully crafted, this memoir will resonate with readers. Beautiful Affliction is more than an illness narrative; its meditations on mortality will appeal to all who love the fragile and impermanent."—Lucy Bryan, Rain Taxi Review of Books