Sick Girl

Sick Girl

by Amy Silverstein
Sick Girl

Sick Girl

by Amy Silverstein


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The hardcover publication of Sick Girl garnered tremendous attention, generated impressive sales, and ignited controversy. Both inspiring and provocative, reactions to the book ranged from inflammatory posts on a U.S. News & World Report blog, to hundreds of letters from readers, to a full-page review in People. Amy’s force, candor, and her refusal to be the thankful patient from whom we expect undiluted gratitude for the medical treatments that have extended her life, have put her at the center of a debate on patient rights and the omnipotent power of doctors.  At twenty-four, Amy was a typical type-A law student: smart, driven, and highly competitive. With a full course load and a budding romance, it seemed nothing could slow her down. Until her heart began to fail. Amy chronicles her harrowing medical journey from the first misdiagnosis to her astonishing recovery, which is made all the more dramatic by the romantic bedside courtship with her future husband, and her uncompromising desire to become a mother.  In her remarkable book she presents a patient’s perspective with shocking honesty that allows the reader to live her nightmare from the inside—an unforgettable experience that is both disturbing and utterly compelling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802143877
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 10/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 827,726
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Amy Silverstein was the author of Sick Girl, which won a Books for a Better Life Award and was a finalist for the Borders Original Voices Award, and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends. She earned her Juris Doctor at New York UniversitySchool of Law, served on the Board of the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS), and was an active speaker and writer on women’s health issues and patient advocacy. She lived in New York.

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