I Felt A Funeral, in My Brain

I Felt A Funeral, in My Brain

Book - 2018 | First edition
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For most of his young life Avery has dealt with his alcoholic mother with the help of his grandfather Pal--he immerses himself in poetry and popular music, and now that high school is over for the summer, he makes out with his best friend Luca (who understands about alcoholic mothers), but the death of his grandfather creates a hole in his life that he can not seem to crawl out of.
Publisher: New York, NY : PUSH, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780545709569
Branch Call Number: WALTON
Characteristics: 288 pages ; 19 cm

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For most of his young life Avery has dealt with his alcoholic mother with the help of his grandfather Pal--he immerses himself in poetry and popular music, and now that high school is over for the summer, he makes out with his best friend Luca (who understands about alcoholic mothers), but the de... Read More »


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KDARLING01
Jan 07, 2021

Do not go into this book with any expectations, or you'll be prone to frustration. Let the book lead you where it wants to go. It is not going to fit into your any of your preconceived molds! It is, indeed, a beautiful work of art more than it is a novel. A mix of poetry, dialogue, and stream-of-consciousness, it deeply weaves in and out of the complexities of live -- exploring grief, loss, addiction, sexuality, religion, and more. I agree with the prior reviewer that reading it in one sitting would give it more justice. It is definitely an exciting, heart wrenching, and beautiful read. Give it a shot!

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ngraham0
Jul 09, 2019

This book was tremendously difficult for me, personally, to read. It jumps around to various settings/times taking place in the story multiple times within the same paragraph. It is written in several different types of poetry that I don't believe flow together well. It was intriguing in the sense that I was curious as to what would happen at the end of the book, but I ended up skimming the majority of it. There were made up scenarios thrown in with the present tense, and you don't know where you are at (time-wise) for 98% of the book. I would not recommend this to anyone. I was very lost, and very frustrated reading this. It was a waste of time I could have spent reading a better book.

JCLChrisK May 09, 2019

I'm so glad I was able to read this all in one sitting, because that's what it deserves. What it compels. There are ostensibly chapters, but they aren't really breaks and once you dive into the book you want to stay submerged until the end. Because you don't dive into a story so much as into a character, his jumble of thoughts and emotions as he grieves and grows. Avery's narration is stuttering and fragmentary, skipping from past to present, prose to poetry, context to context, perspective to perspective, and description to memory to commentary to imaginings. And it works beautifully. It is original and unique and immensely affecting. If you love to read you will love reading this.

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