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She Writes Press News: Announcing The Cicadas: A Memoir, by Lene Fogelberg
Written by
Brooke Warner
October 2014
Written by
Brooke Warner
October 2014

She Writes Press is excited to announce The Cicadas: A Memoir, by Lene Fogelberg, for publication on our fall 2015 list.

If you feel you are dying, how do you make people believe you?

This pressure on my chest. The monster has found a place to rest, curl up, lean his heavy head. He is there; I can feel him, his weary pounding against my ribs.

Lene Fogelberg is dying, she is sure of it, though no doctor in her home country, Sweden, believes her. Love stories enfold her--with the man who will become her husband, with her enchanting surroundings, and later, with her two precious daughters. But the question she has carried in her heart since childhood, will I die young, is closing in, threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the USA, an answer is found--a diagnosis--but it comes with a difficult price . . . one as ever-present as the cicadas. 

An unflinchingly honest, harrowing and inspiring account of growing up and living on the verge of death and the beauty, harshness, loneliness, and, ultimately, unbending love that can be found at this vantage point.


Lene Fogelberg is an award-winning poet and a double open-heart surgery survivor. Born in Sweden, she currently lives with her family in Indonesia. www.lenefogelberg.com


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  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Many thanks Lone! I appreciate your encouragement and support! Fabulous with a fellow Scandinavian in She Writes Press!

  • Lone Morch Publishing

    Congratulations Lena!! This is beautiful, glad you are here, alive and kicking !! xoxo

  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Thank you Kamy! I am so impressed by She Writes community and SWP. Happy to be on board!

  • Kamy Wicoff Brainstorming

    So excited to have you on board, Lene!

  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Thanks Rossandra! No fixed release date yet, but I hope early fall 2015. I am glad you like the title!

  • Rossandra White

    Do you have a date yet, Lene? Sounds like quite the journey, I love what you evoke with the title. Nothing like the constant hum of cicadas. Good luck!

  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Many thanks Veronica! Your encouragement and support means a lot!

  • Congratulations, Lene!  How very exciting for you!  I am so looking forward to your memoir.  To live for so long on the 'precipice', so to speak, you must have an incredible story to tell.

  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Thanks Cheryl! I appreciate your kind words! And congratulations on your book launch this week! 

  • Cheryl Rice

    Congratulations, Lene. Sounds like a powerful story. I'm in!

  • Lene Fogelberg Writing

    Thank you Rita! Exciting times ahead! And thanks for sharing your experiences. 

  • Rita Gardner

    I'm so thrilled for you, Lene!  I'm so looking forward to your memoir...