Girl, interrupted
Girl, interrupted

Kaysen, Susanna, 1948-


1st Vintage Books ed.

Publication Information
New York : Vintage Books, 1994.

Physical Description
168 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.

General Note
Originally published: New York : Turtle Bay Books, 1993.

Reading Level
760 L Lexile

Personal Subject
Kaysen, Susanna, 1948--Health.

Subject Term
Psychiatric hospital patients -- Massachusetts -- Biography.
Psychiatric hospital care -- Personal narratives.

Local Subject
Teen nonfiction collection.

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 document that gives lasting and specific dimension to our definitions of sane and insane, mental illness and recovery.

LibraryMaterial TypeCall NumberItem AvailableCopiesStatus
Stillwater Public LibraryBookTEEN 921 KAYSEN11Teen Collection