Hurry Down Sunshine

Hurry Down Sunshine

Book - 2008
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HURRY DOWN SUNSHINE TELLS THE STORY OF THE extraordinary summer when, at the age of fifteen, Michael Greenberg's daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally's visionary crack-up on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continues, among other places, in the out-of-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during the city's most sweltering months. "I feel like I'm traveling and traveling with nowhere to go back to," Sally says in a burst of lucidity while hurtling away toward some place her father could not dream of or imagine. Hurry Down Sunshine is the chronicle of that journey, and its effect on Sally and those closest to her-her brother and grandmother, her mother and stepmother, and, not least of all, the author himself. Among Greenberg's unforgettable gallery of characters are an unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish patient, a manic Classics professor, a movie producer, and a landlord with literary dreams. Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine holds the reader in a mesmerizing state of suspension between the mundane and the transcendent.

"The psychotic break of his fifteen-year-old daughter is the grit around which Michael Greenberg forms the pearl that is Hurry Down Sunshine . It is a brilliant, taut, entirely original study of a suffering child and a family and marriage under siege. I know of no other book about madness whose claim to scientific knowledge is so modest and whose artistic achievement is so great." - Janet Malcolm, author of The Silent Woman: Sylvia Plath & Ted Hughes and The Journalist and the Murderer

"One of the most gripping and disturbingly honest books I have ever read.nbsp; The courage Michael Greenberg shows in narrating the story of his adolescent daughter's descent into psychosis is matched bynbsp;his acute understanding of how alone each of us, sane or manic, is in our processing of reality and our attempts to get others to appreciate what seems important to us. This isnbsp;a remarkable memoir." - Phillip Lopate, author of Two Marriages and Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins ; New York : Other Press, 2008.
ISBN: 9781590511916
Branch Call Number: 362.1968950092 GREEN
Characteristics: 233 pages ; 22 cm


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ChristchurchLib May 21, 2013

"In Greenwich Village in the middle of summer, 15-year-old Sally Greenberg unexpectedly suffered a manic break. The police escorted her home, and her parents committed her to a psychiatric unit, where she received diagnosis and medication to help her cope with bipolar disorder. Her father, author Michael Greenberg, evocatively describes the family's experiences during this time - Sally's behaviour, his wife's down-to-earth response, his own thoughts and fears, and the other patients, family members and staff in the hospital. Hurry Down Sunshine is an engaging and heartfelt account of what it's like to cope with mental illness in the family." May 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter

Mar 11, 2012

Heartbreaking but unsentimental, the author chronicles the summer his daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have read the book and listened to the audio version and have come away with a better understanding of this devastating disease.

penpencil22 Jun 24, 2011

I agree, it was painful to read. A heartbreaking parent's perspective.

Aug 06, 2010

very painful read -- well researched

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