“[LeFavour] exhibits a rare willingness to take the reader into difficult and sometimes unpleasant territory . . . a riveting account of a ‘particular kind of crazy’—namely, the damaged and self-damaging young woman she once was. . . This is a courageous and unsettling memoir, infused with humor as well as pain, and marked throughout by a survivor’s wry insight.” —Daphne Merkin, New York Times Book Review

“In startling, beautiful language reminiscent of Plath, LeFavour details her horrific, masochistic impulses. In one chapter when LeFavour’s sanity wavers, ‘splendid women’ like Plath, Sexton, and Porcia Catonis appear in the psychiatric ward, acting both as ominous harbingers and beacons of hope. A searing, brilliant memoir revealing the therapeutic process and its ability “to turn our ghosts into ancestors.” —Booklist (starred review)

“A searingly eloquent and intelligent memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Riveting . . . The memoir, based in part on medical records relinquished at the final session with [her psychiatrist] Dr. Kohl, chronicles LeFavour’s deepening relationship with him; he served as her confidante and a ‘quasi’ father figure, and she eventually fell in love with him. They both maintained professional boundaries and she honored her agreement to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital when she couldn’t stop the burning. When the ‘lights’ finally came on for this profoundly troubled young woman, she writes, she was able to release her shame and pain, and embrace a future of possibilities.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A harrowing, beautiful, searching, and deeply literary memoir. In these pages, we watch Cree LeFavour evolve from a wounded (and wounding) lost girl to a woman who can at last regard her existence with a modicum of mercy and forgiveness. To see somebody trade in her life of suffering and isolation for a life of shaky (but authentic) self-compassion is a gift. LeFavour takes no easy shortcuts on her path to healing–only because there are no easy shortcuts. Nor does she ever relinquish a molecule of her blindingly sharp intelligence as she guides us expertly through the mazes of her broken, youthful mind. It is sometimes difficult to read of the pain she inflicted upon herself when she was young–but life is sometimes difficult to live, and we must all be honest about that. LeFavour is nothing if not honest as she tries to explain (and to comprehend for her own purposes) why a beautiful, gifted young woman would have gone so far out of her way to injure herself. In so doing, she ultimately offers us a story of true self-salvation and transformation, told in such a way as I’ve never quite seen it told before. I admire this book immensely–and its author even more.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

Lights On, Rats Out is unlike anything I’ve ever read—a powerfully, staggeringly honest book that is excruciating in places, and also completely haunting. LeFavour’s intimate account of her relationship with her psychiatrist is intensely compelling, forthright, and brave. Did he overstep? Was he somehow pulled in by her beyond what was therapeutically appropriate or helpful? This is a fascinating memoir in a category of its own.” —Dani Shapiro

“With chilled, unflinching precision, in Lights On, Rats Out, LeFavour lays bare her struggles with self-mutilation, chronicling a terrifying clash between mind and flesh. A vivid, unsettling, and powerful read.” —Jonathan Miles

“In Lights On, Rats Out, Cree LeFavour writes of her struggles to feel she deserves a place in this world. This is one of the best books I have ever read about the drive for equilibrium and how transformative peace can be both for ourselves and our children.” —Darcey Steinke

“Cree LeFavour’s memoir of self-mutilation and temporary insanity isn’t for the faint of heart. Rather, it’s for anyone who’s ever been too scared to feel or too hurt to register pain—in other words, all of us. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more hopeful, searingly intelligent book about the distances we’re capable of traveling as we find our way back to the light.” —Adam Ross

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 Beowulf Sheehan

Cree LeFavour is a writer and academic with a B.A. from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University. You can find her dissertation on 19th century reading in America, Who Reads an American Book? on Amazon and her articles on Bronte's "Jane Eyre" in Book History (2004) and on Thackeray's  "Vanity Fair" at Romantic Circles (2006) on the web. Her memoir, LIGHTS ON, RATS OUT will be published by Grove-Atlantic in summer, 2017. Cree is the author of several cookbooks including PORK (2014), James Beard Award Nominated FISH (2013), POULET (2012), and THE NEW STEAK (2008). Her most recent book, CHELSEA MARKET MAKERS, is a collaborative effort with Michael Philips. She has also ghost written books and proposals for chefs and artists. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Times of London, Bon Appetit, O, The Oprah Magazine. Cree was born into a restaurant family in Aspen, CO (her father is the chef Bruce LeFavour) and moved to a ranch in central Idaho at the age of nine. She lives in Frenchtown, New Jersey with her husband and two children.