Girl, Interrupted - VMC (Paperback)
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Girl, Interrupted - VMC (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages
Published: 17/02/2000
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The bestselling book that inspired the cult classic film, Girl, Interrupted, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.

"Not since Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has a personal account of life in a mental hospital achieved as much popularity and acclaim" TIME

"Intelligent and painful" Guardian

"Poignant, astonishing memoir" New York Times


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 to be treated for depression. She spent most of the next two years on the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital renowned for its famous clientele - Sylvia Plath, Robert Lowell, James Taylor and Ray Charles.

A clear-sighted, unflinching work that provokes questions about our definitions of sane and insane, Kaysen's extraordinary memoir encompasses horror and razor-edged perception while providing vivid portraits of her fellow patients and their keepers.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781860497926
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 158 g
Dimensions: 207 x 152 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Girl, Interrupted is a beautiful, complex story that truly led the way on opening up a new, brave, nuanced approach to talking about women's mental health. It is an intense and personal story that taps into a universal truth about how the world responds to complicated young women - Scarlett Curtis

Poignant, honest and triumphantly funny . . . A compelling and heartbreaking story - New York Times Book Review

A cool, elegant and unexpectedly funny memoir - The Times

Memorable and stirring . . . Fascinating. A powerful examination not only of Kaysen's own imperfections but of those of the system that diagnosed her - Vogue

Not since Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar has a personal account of life in a mental hospital achieved as much popularity and acclaim - Time

Intelligent and painful - Guardian

Girl, Interrupted is superb, poignant and more powerful for its lack of romantic inflation, whining, or self-congratulation - Scotland on Sunday

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“Thought Provoking”

I read this in an evening, didn't even need the bookmark I found! It's a fascinating portrayal of the two years the author Susanna Kaysen spent in McLean Hospital from when she was eighteen. She presents it... More

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“Any longer and I'd have lost interest.”

it is likely that you will have seen the film, before reading this.

Kaysen's story is interesting as it gives us insight in to the world of the phsyciatric hospital of the late 1960's.

It is worth a read... More

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“A lifelong favourite”

"Girl, Interrupted" is one of my favourite books ever. It tells the story of Susanna Kaysen - a troubled 18 year old girl who is suddenly one day placed into a mental institution and labelled with borderline... More

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