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Girl, Interrupted (Paperback)

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    In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renown......more

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In 1967, after a session with a psychiatrist she'd never seen before, eighteen-year-old Susanna Kaysen was put in a taxi and sent to McLean Hospital. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor, and Ray Charles—as for its progressive methods of treating those who could afford its sanctuary.

Kaysen's memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers. It is a brilliant evocation of a "parallel universe" set within the kaleidoscopically shifting landscape of the late sixties. Girl, Interrupted is a clear-sighted, unflinching document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

Susanna Kaysen is also the author of the novels Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Author:
Kaysen, Susanna
Genre:
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
Audience:
College/higher education
Edition Detail:
Reprint
Format:
Paperback
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Publish Date:
06/01/1994
ISBN:
9780679746041
Height:
8.0 in
Wdth:
5.25 in
Thickness:
0.5 in
Unit weight:
0.45 lb
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  • Wonderful!

    I read this book back in high school (over 10 years ago) long before I ever saw the movie. I'm so glad I read the book first, it is awesome!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes
  • What a Ride

    This book is no stroll around the block. The haunting questions and contemplations Susanna includes will make you think, long after the book is done. With wonderful wording, colorful characters, and a whole other outlook on mental illness, this book is sure to claim its spot on your bookshelf.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    Anonymous from Orlando, FL, Jan 20, 2007

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