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  - 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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User Review  - Adam Freilich - Goodreads

Make no mistake, this book is a fascinating account of the drains and troubles that come with severe mental impairment. This book is not, however, intended to pull on the strings of your heart, or ... 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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