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Susanna Kaysen

Author of Girl, Interrupted

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About the Author

Susanna Kaysen was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 11, 1948. Her memoir Girl, Interrupted is the harrowing account of her two year confinement in the McLean Psychiatric Hospital and was been adapted into a motion picture starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. She has also written show more several novels including Asa, As I Knew Him, Far Afield, and Camera My Mother Gave Me. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Works by Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted (1993) 7,700 copies, 120 reviews
The Camera My Mother Gave Me (2001) 277 copies, 9 reviews
Cambridge (2014) 150 copies, 8 reviews
Far Afield (1990) 139 copies, 3 reviews
Asa, as I Knew Him (1987) 134 copies, 1 review
Inocencia interrumpida (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression (2001) — Contributor — 495 copies, 8 reviews
For the Love of Books: 115 Celebrated Writers on the Books They Love Most (1999) — Contributor — 457 copies, 3 reviews
Girl, Interrupted [2000 film] (2000) — Original book — 217 copies, 4 reviews


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Overall I thought it was a pretty interesting read, however, I just didn't like it as much as I expected I would. I found it to be confusing and a bit hard to get through. It turned out to be one of those rare moments where I actually like the movie better. I thought the movie organized her ideas better and delved deeper into the characters' personalities and issues. Although how much of the movie is actually true I don't know; most likely the book is closest to the truth which is okay with me. As a story I feel like the movie is more compelling.… (more)
escapinginpaper | 119 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
Girl, Interrupted is a memoir by a woman who was sent to a mental institution when she was a teenager in the 1960s.

The author has an interesting perspective and she's great at explaining her thoughts and experiences to the reader. Many parts of this book were beautiful and thought-provoking.

There were a few things about this book that didn't work for me. The book felt disjointed and each chapter disconnected from the ones around it. There were a few times when the book became very clinical and dry.… (more)
zeronetwo | 119 other reviews | May 14, 2024 |
I've seen the movie tons of times and thought it was very good. I enjoyed the book a lot, as well. Though I must admit, while I can and have watched the movie many times, I just don't think I'll be able to read the book more than once.
thatnerd | 119 other reviews | Mar 2, 2024 |
Author Susanna Kaysen was having a bad day when a psychiatrist she'd never seen before referred her for hospitalization at McLean, the top-tier mental institution of the 1960s. In her memoir Girl, Interrupted, she remembers the almost two years she spent at McLean, along with the colorful characters she met there. This slight book delves into questions of sanity vs. insanity, free expression vs. control, and Thorazine vs. everything else. Was Kaysen mentally ill, or just a sensitive, nonconformist teenager growing up during a tumultuous time? The book leaves the question open. Recommended.… (more)
akblanchard | 119 other reviews | Oct 18, 2023 |



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