Kaysen, Susanna

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Two family sabbaticals across the Atlantic and a brilliant orchestra conductor shape the perspectives of a young woman from 1950s Harvard Square, who develops new ways of thinking about music, love, and art while struggling with feelings of being a perpetual outsider.

Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 0385350252
Branch Call Number: FICTION KAYSEN 2014
Characteristics: 257 pages ;,22 cm


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Billed as a fictional prequel to Girl, Interrupted. Susanna, the precocious narrator, who longs for what she considers home while living in the realm of academics and artists who made up her father's life.

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Jun 03, 2014
  • brenstuhl4456 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book, however it was not a book that caught my attention in the beginning. The underlining message of the novel was not an easily revealed message. The novel made you think, which in the end was quite thought provoking. I enjoyed that in the end.

Jun 02, 2014

A slow but amusing telling of Susanna Kaysen's privileged childhood. Have not read any of her other books so cannot compare

May 26, 2014
  • cdecastell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An exploration of childhood experience as the narrator remembers growing up and moving from place to place with her academic parents. Well written and enjoyable, this is a good vacation read for literary fiction fans looking for something a little lighter -- it's not A.S. Byatt, but it's along those lines.


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