Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen [FIRST EDITION / 5th PRINTING] 1993

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Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen 


Hardcover with dust jacket in Very Good condition.   

Dust jacket has some shelf rub wear.  

Book has water stain [aka color drain] to cloth portion of cover.  Inside pages read like new. 

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 on 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 documnet that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery. - Bookshop Apocalypse