Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jun 19, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TheReadingMermaid - LibraryThing
Ok my opinion of this book is a bit biased & 1 sided simply for the fact that being locked away in a mental institution is my greatest fear. It's literally my idea of hell and damnation. The author ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - heart77 - LibraryThing
The book was much more clinical than the movie. It felt like the movie emphasized the strong friendships between the female characters, while the book's focus was on the failings of the mental health industry. Read full review