The avid readers of Avid Bookshop in Athens, GA have fallen in a collective swoon for Will Walton's newest work, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain. Part novel, part poem, the books chronicles a difficult summer of discovery, loss, love, and poetry for its young protagonist, Avery.
"How in the world do I review this book? It's a love poem; it's a eulogy; it's poetry; it's prose; it's uplifting; it's heart-cracking," says Janet.
"Suffused with pop music and funeral rituals, and complex, genuine love, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a nod to the vital importance of music and poetry as life-saving forces," adds Elizabeth.
"On the first day of summer, Avery brings home a stack of poetry. Later that summer, as he tries to navigate crushing loss and disappointment, he turns to that poetry again and again; the reading and writing of it. This book is Avery's bold and thrilling record of his heartbreak, love, grief, and family. It's about creating art through pain, and dealing with pain through art. It blew me away," writes Tyler.
"With a little help from the last century's greatest poets, Walton gives us an empathic and graceful, yet monumental, handling of what it's like to get through that which you think you cannot survive," writes Erica.
"It's not often I read a book in one sitting, but this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go," writes Hannah.
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain by Will Walton ($17.99*, Push), recommended by Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA.
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