Amy Silverstein Author Event
Author of My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
Monday, July 24th at 7pm
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 - Joy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Jane—who dropped everything to fly across the country and be by Amy’s bedside at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Empowered by the kind of empathy that can only grow with age, these amazing women banded together to keep their dying friend afloat, and provided something medicine alone could not.
Creating a calendar spreadsheet, the nine women—some of them strangers to one another—passed the baton of friendship, one to the next, and headed straight and strong into the battle to help save Amy’s life. 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 transplant in 1988, and would soon recover into an unfathomably improved quality of life, feeling healthier and more energetic at fifty years old than she did in her 20s, 30s, and 40s with her first donor heart.
Amy’s story is also a bold and fascinating example of the intersection of brilliant cardiologists, progress in heart transplant science, and the perseverance, grit, and resilience of an amazing patient. MY GLORY WAS I HAD SUCH FRIENDS is a memoir about the sustaining power of friendship and the tenacity of the human spirit. Candid and heartrending, this once-in-a-lifetime tale of connection and empathy is a powerful reminder of the importance of “showing up” for those we love.
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In this moving memoir about the power of friendship and the resilience of the human spirit, Amy Silverstein tells the story of the extraordinary group of women who supported her as she waited on the precipice for a life-saving heart transplant.