Is there no place on earth for me?

Front Cover
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1982 - Psychology - 333 pages
3 Reviews
" A brilliantly documented chronicle of young woman's long struggle with schizophrenia." -- Willard Gaylin, The New Republic "Sylvia Frumkin," highly intelligent young girl, became a schizophrenic in her late teens and spent most of the next seventeen years in anti out of mental institutions. Susan Sheehan, a talented reporter followed "Sylvia" for almost a year talking with and observing her listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors, even for a period sleeping in the bed next to her in a mental hospital. "Susan Sheehan has committed an extraordinary act of journalism....She brings relentless intelligent attention to bear on a particular case, a journalistic practice that almost always results in new and disturbing insights into those mindless generalities and prejudice and certitudes we tend to carry around with us." -- Meg Greenfield, front page Washington Post Book World "Sheehan is tenacious, observant and unsentimental. The history of a single patient leads us into a maze of understaffed institutions, bureaucratic fumbling, trial-and-error treatment and familial incomprehension. Though Sheehan keeps herself invisible, her sympathy is palpable." -- Walter Clemons, Newsweek By the author of Lift for Me Ain't Been No Crystal Stair

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Rob.Larson - LibraryThing

Interesting story. Although it is a bit dry and clinical in places, the story is sometimes humerous and Sylvia says some pretty funny things. It is amazing what was done to her in the name of psychiatry. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - janersm - LibraryThing

When I found this book at the library in 2009, I wasn't expecting anything miraculous or amazing. I had tried to read books on schizophrenia and schizophrenics before, and had been sorely disappointed ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1982)

Susan Sheehan is the author of seven books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Is There No Place on Earth for Me?" She has been a staff writer for "The New Yorker" since 1961 and has written for "The New York Times" and "Architectural Digest, " where she is a contributing writer. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Bibliographic information