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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 in 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.