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)
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"Starred Review. Stunning...Nothing should be taken at face value in this jealousy-and hormone-soaked world except that Abbott is certainly our very best guide." - Kirkus
"Starred Review. Once again, Abbott makes an unforgettable inquiry into the emotional lives of young people, this time balanced with parents' own fears and failings. It's also a powerful portrait of community, with interesting echoes of The Crucible: it's the twenty-first century, and, in many ways, we're still frightened villagers, terrified of the unknown. Abbott may be on her way to becoming a major writer." - Booklist
"This is a gripping story fueled by the razor-sharp treachery, jealousy, hormones, and insecurities of teenage girls." - Publishers Weekly
"The Fever holds true to its title: It's dark, disturbing, strangely beautiful and utterly unshakeable." - Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
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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.
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