Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m.
If, like us, you could benefit right about now from a real-life, from-the-heart, uplifting story of true love and moving courage, then Amy Silverstein has just the ticket with My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir. In it, she tells the story of her arduous process toward receiving a second heart transplant and the near-miraculous intersection that made it a success: innovative medical practices and that most ancient and potent of medicines, the love of true friends. Come absorb Amy’s superbly told tale of friendship and resilience in her talk, reading, q&a and signing.
From acclaimed author of Sick Girl, Amy Silverstein has written a story of courage, perseverance, and friendship unlike any other. Amy’s transplanted heart—received when she was 25—beat strong for a remarkable 26 years, far longer than its ten-year if-you’re-lucky prognosis. Then, her steadfast donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heart across the country in California—immediately. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” In My Glory Was I Had Such Friends: A Memoir, Amy tells the story of the nine friends who dropped everything to fly across the country. Taking turns sleeping on a cot beside Amy in the hospital, they engaged in their “best talks ever,” where everything was laid bare. Imbued with last-chance candor, laughter, rage, and hope, they saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and responded in kind. The result, as Amy writes, was transcendent. She woke from this re-transplant in 2014 feeling astoundingly better than after her first, and would soon recover into an unfathomably improved quality of life.
“An intimate celebration of the power of compassion.”—Kirkus Reviews
“If it were fiction, you’d dismiss it as over the top: Multiple devoted women collaborating in an emotional, cross-country support relay, struggling to keep an exhausted friend alive—a friend who is focused and willing to undergo yet another heart transplant. An endless wait leads to a medical miracle that makes it all worthwhile. But here’s the kicker: It’s all true, and it’s beautifully written, too.”—Ted Koppel, author of New York Times bestseller Lights Out
“A tremendously moving story about the power of female friendship—the incredible way our bonds deepen with age, and a gentle reminder to all of us how important it is to show up for those we love.”—Kathleen Grissom, bestselling author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything
Amy Silverstein is an award-winning author, public speaker, and magazine writer on women’s health issues and patient advocacy. Her first book, Sick Girl, was published in three languages, won a “Books for a Better Life Award,” and was a finalist for the Border’s Original Voices Award. She has served on the Board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), a federally contracted transplant network.