Book Launch: Agathe’s Summer
972 Fifth Ave.
212-650–0070 Price: Free
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Join Didier Pourquery and Lucinda Karter as they discuss Pourquery’s heartwrenching memoir Agathe’s Summer just out in the US with Skyhorse publishing, and translated from the French by Karter.
One morning in August of 2007, Agathe, only a few days away from her twenty-third birthday, stopped breathing. Seven years after her death, her father tells her story, based on his notes taken during the last three weeks of her life. He shares not only his sadness and loss, but also the joy that characterized his relationship with his daughter.
At her birth, Agathe’s doctors said the average life expectancy for a child born with cystic fibrosis was twenty-five years. Pourquery alternates between an account of Agathe’s physical condition and a letter addressed to her after her death. Who was this joyful and straight-talking girl? How did she grow up in the shadow of this looming disease? How was she able to help those around her, even as she faced a certain and early death? Although Agathe’s Summer is one father’s testimony to the short life of a child grown into a young woman, it is also the story of the love, hope, fear, and joy that speaks to all parents.
In English. Free and open to the public. No RSVP necessary.Buy tickets/get more info now