Girl, Interrupted

Girl, Interrupted - Virago Modern Classics

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9781860497926
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 616.890092
DEWEY edition: 21
Language: English
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 156g
Height: 195mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 13mm