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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.

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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
Subject:
memoir;mental illness;psychology;non-fiction;autobiography;fiction;depression;mental health;biography;suicide;women;movie;psychiatry;borderline personality disorder;1960s;american;psychiatric hospital;mental hospital;made into movie;coming of age;insanity
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
74
Publication Date:
19940431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12 ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.2 x 0.5 in 0.4 lb

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