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NNLM Reading Club Selection Guide: Heart Health

The book

Book cover of Beautiful Affliction
Beautiful Affliction: a memoir
by Lene Fogelberg
First Published in the USA by She Writes Press, 2015
Paperback, 352 pages
ISBN: 978-1631529856


Lene Fogelberg is dying—she is sure of it—but no doctor in Sweden, her home country, believes her. Love stories enfold her, with her husband, her two precious daughters, her enchanting surroundings, but the question she has carried in her heart since childhood—Will I die young?—is threatening all she holds dear, even her sanity. When her young family moves to the US, an answer, a diagnosis, is finally found: she is in the last stages of a fatal congenital heart disease. But is it too late?

NNLM Reading Club Book Kit

Do you want to share this book with your reading club? NNLM has made it easy to download the discussion questions, promotional materials, and supporting health information from this page.

However, if you are short on time or resources, apply for the free "program-in-a-box" NNLM Reading Club Book Kit which includes 8 books as well as discussion questions and health topic materials.


Promote the event

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Discuss the book

Discussion Guide for Beautiful Affliction


Share health information

Download and freely share these National Library of Medicine resources. More materials and program ideas can be found at Heart Health Resources.

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NIH All of Us Research Program FAQ | 8.5 x 11 information sheet in English and Spanish

The author

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Lene Fogelberg


Lene Fogelberg is a Swedish global citizen, a Wall Street Journal bestselling and award-winning author, and a double open-heart surgery survivor. Growing up in a small town on the Swedish west coast, Lene Fogelberg developed a love of poetry and reading, nurtured by the rural surroundings of her childhood. She went on to study languages and creative writing at the University of Gothenburg and the Stockholm Academy of Writing. Always curious, Fogelberg has embraced opportunities to study and live abroad, in France, Germany, the USA, Indonesia and Malaysia. She currently lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with her husband and two daughters.

Lene Fogelberg Official Website


Listen to an interview

Living On the Verge of Death with Lene Fogelberg. Literary Speaking: The Writer's Guide to Publishing hosted by Crystal-Lee Quibell. December 8, 2015.