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Girl, Interrupted - Susanna Kaysen

Paperback Published: 17th February 2000
ISBN: 9781860497926
Number Of Pages: 168

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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 to be treated for depression.

She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele - Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor and Ray Charles.

A clear-sighted, unflinching work that provokes questions about our definitions of sane and insane, Kaysen's extraordinary memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.

About the Author

Susanna Kaysen was born in 1948 and brought up in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she still lives. She has written two novels, Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield. While working on the latter, memories of her two year stay at McLean's psychiatric hospital began to emerge. With the help of a lawyer she obtained her 350 page file from the hospital. Girl Interrupted followed.

Industry Reviews

At 18 years old, after a shockingly brief interview with a doctor, Kaysen was sent to a psychiatric hospital where she spent most of the next two years. It was 1967, and this extraordinary and fluently written account examines the 'parallel universe' of life on the teenage girls' ward. The outside world romping through the late 1960s is set against the extraordinary, the funny and the tragic events in the lives of the girls inside, brilliantly exploring the sane and insane, illness and recovery. Kaysen's skilful narrative is totally compelling. (Kirkus UK)

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The product was excellent quality, the book isn't too long which meant it was easy to carry around with me in my handbag. I am looking forward to reading it again. It's more informative than the movie version of it and I found the characters quite relateable.

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ISBN: 9781860497926
ISBN-10: 1860497926
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 17th February 2000
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.6  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.16
Edition Number: 1

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