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ISBN13: 9781616951290
ISBN10: 161695129x
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A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.

In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's eyes as a child; and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward. This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.

Review:

"In Garey's debut novel, Greyson Todd is a high-flying movie executive who, in 1984, leaves his studio job and his wife and eight-year-old daughter, and embarks on a worldwide tour. Ten years later, he is in a New York hospital being treated for bipolar disorder — which he has struggled with for decades — and given electroshock treatment. In between, we get the story of Greyson's conflicted marriage to Ellen, and his childhood with a failure for a father. As he travels around the world, Greyson hops from Rome to the Negev, Bangkok, Santiago, and Uganda, but his adventures seldom rise above the level of travelogue. Only when he finally lands in New York, where he settles down in Chelsea, and the author details the steps leading up to Greyson's nervous breakdown, does the story become sufficiently dramatic. Otherwise, the achronological structure works against the narrative by not allowing the reader to chart the progress of Greyson's mental illness. The author's take on what it was like to be raised on the show business periphery of Beverly Hills in the late 1950s feels authentic. In the end, though, this earnest novel about depression breaks no new ground in its depiction of the subject. Agent: Paul Bresnick, the Paul Bresnick Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Review:

"Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out." Brian Yorkey, author of Next to Normal

Review:

"Garey evokes in stark detail the torment and raw suffering of mental illness. A compelling read." Library Journal, Starred Review

Review:

"A racing vertiginous read, harrowing and heart-breaking and humorous at once." Daniel Mason, author of The Piano Tuner

Review:

"Garey breathes life into an uncomfortable and often misunderstood subject and creates a riveting experience." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"As heartbreaking as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and as hilarious as A Confederacy of Dunces, I think Garey is a genius." Jennifer Belle, author of High Maintenance and The Seven Year Bitch

Review:

"This is an important novel, an eye-opener, and, at times, a white-knuckle horror show in its depiction of mental illness." David Abrams, author of Fobbit

Synopsis:

A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.

"Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out."--Brian Yorkey, book and lyrics for Next to Normal

In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's eyes as a child; and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward. This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.

About the Author

Juliann Garey has sold original screenplays and television pilots to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television and Lifetime TV. As a journalist she has edited and written for publications including Marie Claire, Glamour, More, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. She has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. Garey is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See is her first novel.

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koheebee12, December 15, 2014 (view all comments by koheebee12)
When I first picked up Juliann Gareys book, Too Bright to Hear too Loud to See, I was stunned at the syle of writing. She writes about Greyson in a very unbiased and human way. His inner thinking is relatable, but shockingly indifferent to the things he does, as if he is with us reading a book about his life. It is a devastating read about letting mental illness control you, and the devastating spiral into the untamed mind. Overall, the book was great, and Greysons many realistically written endeavors make this book seem more a biography than a fiction.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781616951290
Author:
Garey, Juliann
Publisher:
Soho Press
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20121226
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Dimensions:
9.28 x 6.19 x 1.05 in 1.2 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Garey's debut novel, Greyson Todd is a high-flying movie executive who, in 1984, leaves his studio job and his wife and eight-year-old daughter, and embarks on a worldwide tour. Ten years later, he is in a New York hospital being treated for bipolar disorder — which he has struggled with for decades — and given electroshock treatment. In between, we get the story of Greyson's conflicted marriage to Ellen, and his childhood with a failure for a father. As he travels around the world, Greyson hops from Rome to the Negev, Bangkok, Santiago, and Uganda, but his adventures seldom rise above the level of travelogue. Only when he finally lands in New York, where he settles down in Chelsea, and the author details the steps leading up to Greyson's nervous breakdown, does the story become sufficiently dramatic. Otherwise, the achronological structure works against the narrative by not allowing the reader to chart the progress of Greyson's mental illness. The author's take on what it was like to be raised on the show business periphery of Beverly Hills in the late 1950s feels authentic. In the end, though, this earnest novel about depression breaks no new ground in its depiction of the subject. Agent: Paul Bresnick, the Paul Bresnick Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out."
"Review" by , "Garey evokes in stark detail the torment and raw suffering of mental illness. A compelling read."
"Review" by , "A racing vertiginous read, harrowing and heart-breaking and humorous at once."
"Review" by , "Garey breathes life into an uncomfortable and often misunderstood subject and creates a riveting experience."
"Review" by , "As heartbreaking as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and as hilarious as A Confederacy of Dunces, I think Garey is a genius."
"Review" by , "This is an important novel, an eye-opener, and, at times, a white-knuckle horror show in its depiction of mental illness."
"Synopsis" by , A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.

"Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out."--Brian Yorkey, book and lyrics for Next to Normal

In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's eyes as a child; and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward. This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.

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