Now a major motion picture—The Upside—starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, and Nicole Kidman.
Discover the moving and heartfelt #1 international bestseller
and inspiration for the film The Upside about an
aristocratic Frenchman who is paralyzed in an accident and has to
adjust to his new normal with the help of his unlikely
As the descendant of two prominent French families and director of
a legendary vineyard, Philippe Pozzo di Borgo was not in the habit
of asking for help. Then, in 1993, right on the heels of his
beloved wife’s diagnosis of a terminal illness, a paragliding
accident left him a quadriplegic. He was forty-two years old and
unable to do anything—even feed himself—without the help of another
Passing his days hidden behind the high walls of his Paris
townhouse, Philippe was totally isolated. His paralysis rendered
him unable to reach out to others and seemed to make people
unwilling to touch him or acknowledge the reality of his existence.
For the first time, he learned what it felt like to be
The only person who seemed not to be bothered by Philippe’s
condition was someone who had been marginalized his entire life:
Abdel, an unemployed, uninhibited Algerian immigrant from the
outskirts of society who would become Philippe's unlikely
caretaker. With his tenacious spirit and irreverent sense of humor,
Abdel is able to reawaken Philippe’s connection to people and the
larger world around him.
A Second Wind is the inspiring true story of two men who
refused to ask for help, and then wound up helping each other in
more ways than they could imagine.