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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."Poignant, honest and triumphantly funny. . . [a] compelling and heartbreaking story." --Susan Cheever, The New York Times Book Review

"Tough-minded . . . darkly comic . . . written with indelible clarity."--Newsweek

"[A]n account of a disturbed girl's unwilling passage into womanhood...and here is the girl, looking into our faces with urgent eyes."--Diane Middlebrook, Washington Post Book World

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

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anitaballerina, May 26, 2010 (view all comments by anitaballerina)
This was an amazing book, I enjoyed every page of it. It is filled with very short chapters that read more like short memories. It didn't seem to be very organized, but I think that added to it in an odd way.
The book takes s through the authors memories while she was in a mental hospital. We get a rare inside look at how it was back then in the hospitals.
It is a truly beautiful and moving book. I wish it was longer that is really my only complaint about the book.
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cbrech, July 22, 2009 (view all comments by cbrech)
Hey, you should read this article about Amy Malloy, it is SO funny.

http://tinyurl.com/l92cqj
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leelerbaby, February 23, 2008 (view all comments by leelerbaby)
Straight forward account of a girl's stay in a mental institution. She places no blame or passes any judgements, just recalls the experience as she remembers it . In the end your left wondering whether she needed or even benefited from being placed there or if it was all the result of a doctor overreacting to symptoms that most teenagers at that time were going through.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679746041
Author:
Kaysen, Susanna
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Mental Illness
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Specific Groups - Special Needs
Subject:
Autobiography
Subject:
Mental Disorders
Subject:
Mentally ill children
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients
Subject:
Commitment of mentally ill.
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Subject:
Massachusetts
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Kaysen, Susanna - Mental health
Subject:
Psychiatric hospital patients - Massachusetts
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
Biography-Women
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
74
Publication Date:
19940431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.5 in 0.4 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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