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Girl, Interrupted: TikTok made me buy it!

Susanna Kaysen

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Biography: general, Autobiography: literary, Prose: non-fiction, Mental health services

To mark the 30th anniversary of this impactful, bestselling memoir, Girl, Interrupted is now published as a Virago Modern Classic


'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

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.

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.

The bestselling memoir that inspired the cult classic film, starring Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.

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Susanna Kaysen

Susanna Kaysen (1948) was brought up in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she still lives. She has written two novels, ASA, AS I KNEW HIM and FAR AFIELD. While working on the latter, memories of her two year stay at McLean's Psychiatric Hospital began to emerge. With the help of a lawyer she obtained her 350 page file from the hospital. GIRL, INTERRUPTED followed.

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