The Fever

A Novel
By Megan Abbott (Hardcover Book, 2014)
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 hocky 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.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."*

*Laura Lippman
  • Little, Brown and Company
    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316231053

    • On Sale Date: 06/17/2014

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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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 hocky 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.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott's reputation as "one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation."*

*Laura Lippman

Megan Abbott is the Edgar Award-winning author of six previous novels. She received her Ph.D. in English and American literature from New York University and has taught literature, writing, and film studies at New York University, the New School, and the State University of New York at Oswego. She lives in New York City.
  • "With The Fever, Megan Abbott has created a mesmerizing, modern portrait of teenage life today: Brutal crushes, competing allegiances and first-bloom sensuality, all magnified by the rush and crush of technology. The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl).

  • PRAISE FOR THE END OF EVERYTHING:

    "Abbott is an extraordinary writer...The End of Everything [is] somewhere between... thriller and literary fiction, and it's psychologically subtle, gripping and brave." (Nick Hornby, The Believer).

  • "A haunting story...Abbott...evoke[s] the furtive blossoming of adolescent sexuality and the murk that lies beneath the ice cream shops and sprinklered lawns of '80s suburbia." (Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly).

  • PRAISE FOR DARE ME:

    "Dare Me hurtles past the glitter and angst of high-school cheerleading, right to the bruising inner struggles of adolescence." (New York Magazine).

  • "The writing is anything but typical, as Abbott's inventive use of language to build imagery reads more like poetry than prose." (Hallie Ephron, The Boston Globe).

  • "Lord of the Flies set in a high-school cheerleading squad...Tense, dark, and beautifully written." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl).

  • "Megan Abbott, an Edgar-winning crime writer, drew inspiration from Lord of the Flies for her sexy and sinister new novel, Dare Me, which lays bare the cruel, confused longings of a group of high-school cheerleaders, and is the perfect way to forget yourself on a turbulent transatlantic flight." (Maud Newton, New York Times Magazine).

  • "Spooky...Compelling.  If you start it, you'll finish it." (Harry Levins, St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

  • "Megan Abbott has cornered the 'dark desires of teenage girls' territory too, with Dare Me." (Sarah Weinman, Salon).

  • "In wonderfully descriptive prose, Abbott weaves a tale of intrigue...Abbott's writing is crisp and clear...This is noir at its finest...It will haunt you as only a modern-day Lolita can." (Carole Mallory, Huffington Post).

  • "Make no mistake, this is no pulpy teenage tale: It's a very grown-up look at youth culture and how bad behavior can sometimes be redeemed by a couple of good decisions." (Sara Nelson, O, the Oprah Magazine).

  • "The End of Everything is charged throughout with adolescent longing, inchoate desires and the consequences that its characters cannot begin to fathom...A mesmerizing psychological thriller and a freshly imagined coming-of-age story." (Paula L. Woods, Los Angeles Times).

  • "A heady tale of high-school drama with grown-up stakes...Abbott's rendering of the power-plays, rites of bonding and twisted loyalties of teenage girls is pitch-perfect. As much as Dare Me is page-turning murder mystery, it is also an ode to the dark side of girlhood friendship and all its twisted loyalties." (Mythili Rao, The Daily Beast).

  • "Menacing and poignant, Abbott's novel fuses Judy Blume's keen understanding of budding girls with the sustained tension of Tana French." (Marcela Valdes, The Washington Examiner).

  • "Moody thriller...If cheerleaders scared you in high school, you'll finish the haunting Dare Me convinced you were right." (Kim Hubbard, People, 3 out of 4 Stars).

  • "A compelling, compulsive read." (Michele Ross, Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • "Dark high school thriller...Having won an Edgar for her 1940s-era femme fatale novel Queenpin, Abbott knows how to write a hard-boiled classic in the vein of Raymond Chandler. But what's exciting about Dare Me is how it makes that traditionally masculine genre feel distinctly female. It feels groundbreaking when Abbott takes noir conventions - loss of innocence, paranoia, the manipulative sexuality of newly independent women - and suggests that they're rooted in high school, deep in the hearts of all-American girls. She understands the intensity of female relationships, and she knows that some 15-year-olds can't be best friends until they're willing to destroy the competition." (Melissa Maerz, Entertainment Weekly).

  • "Megan Abbott has been called the Queen of Noir...Her new novel, Dare Me, is something of a switch for Abbott in that it's about a cheerleading squad, though - trust us - it's still quite hard-boiled...A contemporary novel about a cheerleading squad that somehow manages to be as dark and sinister as any of Abbott's fiction." (Sherryl Connely, New York Daily News).

  • "If your image of high school cheerleaders is pretty, perky, healthy, wholesome young women, you may be shocked by the gritty, cutthroat, twisted world of cheer in Megan Abbott's sneaker-noir Dare Me...Abbott knows how to build suspense, drop clues like gum wrappers on a gym floor, and blindside the reader. The twists are the fun part...Abbott is best in the nasty, manipulative dialogue, as Beth controls the squad with her vicious tongue, and in Addy's confused inner monologues, where she relishes any attention from Coach French...Some will be riveted by the complex resolution." (Regan McMahon, San Francisco Chronicle).

  • "The plot's myriad twists and turns, like the precarious pyramids the cheerleaders perfect, are intriguing and unexpected." (USA Today).

  • "An increasingly addictive noir set in the world of high school cheerleading...Think Bring It On as reimagined by Christopher Nolan." (Joe Gross, Austin American-Statesman).

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The Fever
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $26.00 US/$29.00 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316231053
  • On Sale Date: 06/17/2014
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