Girl, Interrupted

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 19, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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. Her memoir of the next two years is a "poignant, honest ... triumphantly funny ... and heartbreaking story" (The New York Times Book Review).

The ward for teenage girls in the McLean psychiatric hospital was 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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Lately, I've been fascinated with real-life stories on suicide and mental illness. Like The Bell Jar, this memoir is hilarious and thought-provoking. I love quoting many parts of this book to describe ... Read full review

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As a suicidal 18-year old, the author was committed for 18 months to a psychiatric hospital. I thought her descriptions of mental illness were really insightful: "Insanity comes in two basic varieties ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
11
Section 3
15
Section 4
16
Section 5
20
Section 6
25
Section 7
28
Section 8
36
Section 19
75
Section 20
79
Section 21
83
Section 22
92
Section 23
94
Section 24
107
Section 25
110
Section 26
116

Section 9
39
Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
52
Section 13
54
Section 14
56
Section 15
58
Section 16
65
Section 17
69
Section 18
71
Section 27
123
Section 28
129
Section 29
134
Section 30
137
Section 31
147
Section 32
150
Section 33
160
Section 34
165
Section 35
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About the author (2013)

SUSANNA KAYSEN has written the novels Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield and the memoirs Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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