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Since 1993, Grove Press has been both a hardcover and paperback imprint of Grove Atlantic publishing fiction, drama, poetry, literature in translation, and general nonfiction. Authors and titles include Jon Lee Anderson’s Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life, Robert Olen Butler’s A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain (Pulitzer Prize for Literature 1993), Kiran Desai’s Inheritance of Loss (Man Booker Prize 2006), Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish (Commonwealth Prize 2002), Ismail Kadare’s The Siege, Jerzy Kosinski’s Steps (National Book Award 1969), Jacqueline Susann’s Valley of the Dolls, Nick McDonell’s Twelve, Catherine Millet’s The Sexual Life of Catherine M., Pascal Mercier’s Night Train to Lisbon, Kay Ryan (Poet Laureate of the United States 2008/9) as well as Antonio Lobo Antunes, Will Self, Barry Hannah, Terry Southern, and many others.

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“[Sick Girl] shocked me. It was a revelation. I couldn't stop reading it. . . . It's a book that made me shake my head in disbelief with every chapter. What a potent reminder it was that quality is about more than walking out of the hospital alive.”—Avery Comarow, U.S. News & World Report
Sick Girl
By Amy Silverstein
Grove Press
978-0-8021-4387-7 • $14.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2008
Memoir
A fierce and provocative account of a twenty-four-year-old law student’s astounding medical journey to obtain and sustain a new heart, in the midst of a double decade romance that reads like a true-life version of Eric Segal’s Love Story

An incredible journey into the life of a young heart transplant patient, Sick Girl is extraordinary both for its gripping story of a medical miracle and for its unique and forceful narrator, Amy Silverstein.

At just twenty-four, Amy Silverstein was your typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a budding romance and a heavy academic schedule, Amy did not have time for illness—especially not one that caused her heart to pound violently and erratically in her chest, for her to black out, lose her breath, and even suffer temporary blindness. When her family doctor suggested that her symptoms were due to stress and diet, she was more than happy to drop a few classes, think calm thoughts, and eat fistfuls of salt. At such a young age, how could she have guessed that her heart was about to give out?

With a grace and force reminiscent of Lucy Grealy’s Autobiography of a Face or Susanna Kaysen’s Girl, Interrupted, Amy Silverstein—a surprisingly irreverent narrator—chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing and ongoing recovery. Her memoir is made all the more dramatic by the deliriously romantic bedside courtship with her devoted boyfriend, Scott (now her husband), and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.

Distrustful of her doctors and insistent in her refusal to be the “grateful heart patient” she is expected to be, Amy presents a patient’s perspective that is truly eye-opening and sometimes controversial. Amy’s shocking honesty and storytelling skills allow the reader to live her nightmare from the inside—an unforgettable experience that is both painfully disturbing and utterly compelling.
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