Avid Bookshop is celebrating the launch of our beloved bookseller Will Walton's new book, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain, in a very special way.
I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is an unusal book, especially by YA fiction standards. It tells the story of Avery Fowell, a sixteen-year-old processing his first major loss—and since Avery is the narrator of the story (and since he’s depicting his grief in real time), the reader is along for the ride.
In trying to show the murky landscape of his mind, Avery turns to the form he likes most: poetry. As a result, this book reads in part like a journal, in part like a fever dream, and in part like a haphazard assemblage of poems written by a sixteen-year-old who might actually someday be a good poet.
From Andrew Smith, the author of Grasshopper Jungle: “I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is a work of stunning, heart-wrenching brilliance. This novel reached inside me, pulled out my heat, and punched it square in its stomach. It is like nothing I’ve ever read, and I mean that in the best imaginable way.”
From A.S. King, the author of I Crawl Through It: “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.”
From David Levithan, the author of Every Day: “An extraordinary 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.”
Here's the special part: In celebration of Will’s new book, Avid Bookshop is pledging that, for each copy of I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain sold before its release date (May 29), our staff will donate 25 minutes of volunteer work to the Athens Community Council on Aging and their Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program.
Each presold copy will come signed and/or personalized with a custom-designed poet portrait by Athens artist Ruth Allen tucked inside.
If you choose to order I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain from your local bookstore instead of Avid, you are so rad to support your indie—go right ahead! Tag Will on Instagram (@willdwalton) and let him know you did! And remember to check out the organizations like the Athens Community Council on Aging in your community!
“In I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain, Avery is being taken care of by his grandparents for a summer while his mom attends a rehabilitation retreat. Since a program very similar to the ACCA’s Grandparents Raising Grandchildren figures in the book (in the book, the program is GAP: Grandparents As Parents), I wanted to do something to give back in the real world—and, unsurprisingly, so did everyone else at Avid! The ACCA is so amazing. They promote healthy, active living for our seniors, and the programs they offer range from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren to Meals on Wheels and everything in between! There are so many ways to get involved.”