Susanna Kaysen, author of Girl Interrupted: 30th Anniversary Celebration

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Susanna Kaysen for the 30th anniversary celebration of her influential and bestselling memoir Girl Interrupted! She will be in conversation with PSB booksellers Hannah Robinson and Olivia Redd. This event will take place on Friday, April 12 at 7pm at Porter Square Books (25 White St. Cambridge, MA 02140).


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30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • 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. Her memoir of the next two years is a "poignant, honest ... triumphantly funny ... and heartbreaking story" (The New York Times Book Review).


The ward for teenage girls in the McLean psychiatric hospital was 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.


Susanna Kaysen has written the novels Asa, As I Knew Him, and Far Afield and the memoirs Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Event date: 

Friday, April 12, 2024 - 7:00pm

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Porter Square Books
25 White St.
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Girl, Interrupted: A Memoir By Susanna Kaysen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780679746041
Availability: In Stock: Click Title to See if it's in CAMBRIDGE or BOSTON
Published: Vintage - April 19th, 1994


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