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Author: Amy Silverstein Narrator: Erin Moon Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780062681393
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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.

Nearly twenty-six years after receiving her first heart transplant, Amy Silverstein’s donor heart plummeted into failure. If she wanted to live, she had to take on the grueling quest for a new heart—immediately.

A shot at survival meant uprooting her life and moving across the country to California. When her friends heard of her plans, there was only one reaction: “I’m there.” Nine remarkable women—Joy, Jill, Leja, Jody, Lauren, Robin, Valerie, Ann, and Jane—put demanding jobs and pressing family obligations on hold to fly across the country and be by Amy’s side. Creating a calendar spreadsheet, the 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.

Empowered by the kind of empathy that can only grow with age, these women, each knowing Amy from different stages of her life, banded together to provide her with something that medicine alone could not.  Sleeping on a cot beside her bed, they rubbed her back and feet when the pain was unbearable, adorned her room with death-distracting decorations, and engaged in their “best talks ever.”  They saw the true measure of their friend’s strength, and they each responded in kind.

My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is a tribute to these women and the intense hours they spent together—hours of heightened emotion and self-awareness, where everything was laid bare. Candid and heartrending, this once-in-a-lifetime story of connection and empathy is a powerful reminder of the ultimate importance of “showing up” for those we love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Narrator Erin Moon strikes just the right emotional notes as she delivers Silverstein’s account of her incredible journey toward an uncertain third chance at life…Moon moves deftly between straightforward reporting of hospital routines and medical procedures to a softer, contemplative tone for Amy’s musings…Moon captures all the poignancy, tension, fear, and joy. A beautifully written tribute to the power of hope and friendship is beautifully presented. Add this to your must-listen list.”

    AudioFile

  • “A brave, transparent look at the harrowing battle of a heart-transplant patient who, through the support of her friends, conquers unthinkable odds.”

    Booklist

  • “An intimate celebration of the power of compassion.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Memoirs written by people who have survived devastating health issues are common, as are books that celebrate the friend who is an angel-like presence in tough times. My Glory Was I Had Such Friends combines both elements, but in far better fashion than the standard-issue memoir or the typical homage to girlfriends…A potent reminder of the importance of imperfect friends, for loving them for whoever they are…Silverstein proved her writing mettle…She seamlessly knits several important issues into one compelling package.”

    USA Today (3.5 out of 4 stars)

  • “[An] inspirational memoir of sickness and health.”

    Real Simple

  • “Is about the power of showing up for those you love, no matter the odds, no matter the distance.”

    CBS Sunday Morning

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About the Author

Amy Silverstein is the author of Sick Girl, which won a Books for a Better Life Award and was a finalist for the Border’s Original Voices Award. She earned her juris doctor degree at New York University School of Law, served on the board of the United Network of Organ Sharing, and is an active speaker and writer on women’s health issues and patient advocacy.

About the Narrator

Erin Moon is a professional actor and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator of over 150 novels. She lives and records in beautiful Vancouver, Canada.