Mon Amie Américaine

Written by Michèle Halberstadt | Translated by Bruce Benderson | Other Press | April 12, 2016

When two colleagues become close friends they believe their friendship will last forever, but when one of them suffers a devastating illness, the bond between them is stretched to a breaking point. 

Two women are film industry colleagues and very close friends. Molly is a charismatic and dynamic Manhattan businesswoman until, at the age of forty, she has a brain aneurysm and falls into a month-long coma. Frightened and debilitated, she is a shadow of her former self.

Michèle, her Parisian friend, must grapple with these changes as she contemplates the nature of her relationship with a now-unrecognizable Molly. Is the bond the same when everything you once loved about a person has changed? What becomes of a friendship you once thought was unbreakable? Author Michèle Halberstadt explores the guilt that arises from these questions with grace and sensitivity.

“In Mon amie américaine, Halberstadt delves into the intimacies of friendship between women, and sensitively and brilliantly explores the fault lines inherent in all relationships.” —Peter Nichols, author of The Rocks

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