Is there no place on earth for me?

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 1982 - Psychology - 333 pages
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" 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

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User Review  - Melanie - Goodreads

I read this years ago in college and it stuck with me as a sad but eyeopening look on the challenges of this young woman trying to fit into society while dealing with a fractured mind. Read full review

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User Review  - Moriartyandherbooks - Goodreads

I could not finish this book. I thought it would be more about the patient, but this book his highly focused on the institution. That's fine, but not what I had expected when I picked up the book. Read full review

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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.

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