HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE by Michael GreenbergHURRY DOWN SUNSHINE by Michael Greenberg


byMichael Greenberg

Paperback | August 18, 2009

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At the age of 15, during one long and difficult summer, Michael Greenberg’s daughter, Sally, was struck mad. Her visionary crack-up occurred on the streets of Greenwich Village and continued, among other places, in the lost-in-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during New York City’s most sweltering months.


Hurry Down Sunshine is Greenberg’s journey toward comprehending mental illness in his own family. With touching honesty and intimacy, he reveals the effect of Sally’s mania on those closest to her, including her easygoing brother, her stalwart grandmother, her new-age mother, her artistic, loving stepmother—and, finally, on himself.


Unsentimental, nuanced and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine is a transcendent memoir about mental illness and the restorative power of one father’s love for his daughter.

Michael Greenberg, a native New Yorker, is a columnist for theTimes Literary Supplement(London), where his wide-ranging essays have been appearing since 2003. His fiction, criticism and travel pieces have been published widely. He lives in New York with his wife and nine-year-old son.
Title:HURRY DOWN SUNSHINEFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.5 inPublished:August 18, 2009Publisher:HarperCollins

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006385265

ISBN - 13:9780006385264


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The struggle to survive This book is a great tool to provide insight into life with a child experiencing life with mental illness. It accurately portraits the battle fought to advocate for the child and the struggle for both child and parent in the fight to reach an acceptable level of normalcy while holding onto the child's own identity.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Read! This was one of the most boring and tiresome books I’ve read in a long while. Although a true story, it lacked continuity and the writing was horrendous. Greenberg’s attempt to tell the story of his 15-year-old daughter’s mental breakdown came up short with too many underdeveloped characters and others who weren’t necessary to tell the story. The clarity of the book was muddied by the incessant chatter of issues not required nor belonged in the memoir. A truly disappointing read!
Date published: 2010-07-12