I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain (Hardcover)

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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. I'm one of the luckiest people in the world to know Will Walton personally, and it's such rare and wonderful magic to read a book that so beautifully reflects the author's empathy and authenticity. Will Walton is all heart, and so is this book. You should add this to your to-read list right now. 

— Janet

Being a human being is terribly hard. Those stuck between childhood and adulthood can be the most vulnerable, dealing with grown-up issues without the necessary emotional tools. In I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain, Will Walton shares Avery's story in a format that is totally original and a beautiful representation of teenager's inner emotional life. This book is a poem, a eulogy, and also a work of short fiction that you will never forget. Walton took big risks with this book and the payoff is huge.

— Rachel Watkins

Walton is the poetry teacher I never had. He makes me want to eat up Sexton, Berryman, a host of other writers with a spoon. I left I Felt a Funeral in My Brain wanting to read other books, and then this one again.

I lapped Walton’s words up, because there was a funeral in my brain, too. I inhaled his meditations and observations on how alcohol wrecks a family and leaves no one untouched. I felt hurt, but I also felt young and new and an empathetic kinship with the young protagonist.

The poetry merging with prose format lends credibility, believability, and an accurate depiction of the strange sense of time and reality experienced by those floundering in new loss. 

My favorite book of this year. I Felt a Funeral is a book that matters.

— Barbette Houser

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.

— Tyler

It's not often I read a book in one sitting, but this one grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Avery's world, shattered by betrayal and grief and reassembled with the help of a passel of poets will reel you in, rock you gently back and forth, and release you into the world, transformed.

— Hannah

This is one of the most spot-on assessments of the elusive space between grief and growth that I've ever read. Walton is delicate with his characters, though they are not as fragile as we may think at first, demanding more of our respect and admiration as we read on. These characters embody the best and worst parts buried deep in each of us, that roar out simultaneously when faced with life's inevitable tragedies. 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.

— Erica

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain made me think with the deepest parts of myself. It is a true meditation on love, loss, where the two meet, and what one can ask of the other. I loved this book, and feel it is necessary reading for every age.

— Kerri

Not a poem, not a novel, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a story in fragments. Our teenage protagonist, Avery, is attempting to piece it all together: a friendship that is becoming something more, a mother who fails him, and overwhelming, incomprehensible grief following the death of a loved one. Walton masterfully captures here the ways in which grief shatters one's narrative, the ways in which its sharp knives jab at unexpected moments. As Avery grapples with this most difficult of summers, he is also just a kid learning who he is. His phone is a landline named Susannah, poets become plants in his dreams, and his English teacher has loaned him a stack of books tall enough to last all summer (or maybe he'll need just a few trips to his nearest indie bookstore). 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.

— Elizabeth

Description


How do you deal with a hole in your life?

Do you turn to poets and pop songs?

Do you dream?

Do you try on love just to see how it fits?

Do you grieve?

If you're Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what's happened--and is happening--to you.

I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself.

About the Author


Will Walton is an indie bookseller in Athens, Georgia. Anything Could Happen was his first novel.

Praise For…


Praise for I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain
"I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN is a work of stunning, heart-wrenching brilliance. This novel reached inside me, pulled out my heart, and punched it square in its stomach. It is like nothing I've ever read, and I mean that in the best imaginable way." -- Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

"This novel is a work of art.

I haven't read anything remotely like it in my life.

There are little holes in my heart from reading this book--truth shot through.

Will Walton has written a singular story about loss, pain, love, and poetry that will stay with me for a long time.

Will Walton walks us through a minefield of addiction and coming of age like no one has before.

Your phone is ringing. It's me, A.S. King. I'm calling to tell you to read this book right now. If you don't pick up, it's okay because I'll plaster your entire house with bumper stickers that say I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN." -- A.S. King, author of I Crawl Through It

"An extarordinary feat
of poetry and storytelling
that cuts straight to the heart
of grief, loss, and writing
your way through.
You have never, truly, read anything like this before." --David Levithan, PUSH editor and author of Every Day

"Walton's devastating new book offers a visually striking, emotionally accessible portrait of grief." -- Entertainment Weekly

Praise for Will Walton's Anything Could Happen:

"Will Walton makes magic in his funny-sad-lovely heartache of a debut novel, Anything Could Happen. Main character Tretch Farm says it best: ‘There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too.’ So much love. This book is good. It really is. It really, really is." -- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"PUSH is proud to introduce a phenomenal debut about the unpredictable, unbearable, and ultimately amazing trajectory of falling in love and falling into the right place." -- David Levithan

"This coming-of-age contemporary reveals an emotionally poignant story that perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of adolescence. It's the perfect follow-up read to any John Green novel." -- Buzzfeed


Praise for I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain
"I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN is a work of stunning, heart-wrenching brilliance. This novel reached inside me, pulled out my heart, and punched it square in its stomach. It is like nothing I've ever read, and I mean that in the best imaginable way." -- Andrew Smith, author of Grasshopper Jungle

"This novel is a work of art.

I haven't read anything remotely like it in my life.

There are little holes in my heart from reading this book--truth shot through.

Will Walton has written a singular story about loss, pain, love, and poetry that will stay with me for a long time.

Will Walton walks us through a minefield of addiction and coming of age like no one has before.

Your phone is ringing. It's me, A.S. King. I'm calling to tell you to read this book right now. If you don't pick up, it's okay because I'll plaster your entire house with bumper stickers that say I FELT A FUNERAL, IN MY BRAIN." -- A.S. King, author of I Crawl Through It

"An extarordinary feat
of poetry and storytelling
that cuts straight to the heart
of grief, loss, and writing
your way through.
You have never, truly, read anything like this before." --David Levithan, PUSH editor and author of Every Day

Praise for Will Walton's Anything Could Happen:

"Will Walton makes magic in his funny-sad-lovely heartache of a debut novel, Anything Could Happen. Main character Tretch Farm says it best: ‘There’s sickness, and there’s sadness. But the thing is, there’s love, too.’ So much love. This book is good. It really is. It really, really is." -- Jennifer Niven, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places

"PUSH is proud to introduce a phenomenal debut about the unpredictable, unbearable, and ultimately amazing trajectory of falling in love and falling into the right place." -- David Levithan

"This coming-of-age contemporary reveals an emotionally poignant story that perfectly captures the trials and tribulations of adolescence. It's the perfect follow-up read to any John Green novel." -- Buzzfeed
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545709569
ISBN-10: 0545709563
Publisher: Push
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 304
Language: English