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Susanna Kaysen

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.

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Asa, as I Knew Him
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1994
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75377-3 (0-679-75377-X)

Dinah Sachs and Asa Thayer have had a love affair, conducted in afternoons stolen from the office of the magazine where they work. But now that the affair is over, Dinah, in an act of lingering passion, invents a narrative of Asa's youth, imagining the events that shaped the "happy, handsome... Read more






Cambridge
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 6, 2015
$15.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-345-80594-2 (0-345-80594-1)

“It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did . . .” 

London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, a precocious young girl growing up in 1950s Cambridge, would rather be home than in any of these places. Uprooted...

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Cambridge
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Knopf | Hardcover | March 2014
$25.95/28.95(Canada) | 978-0-385-35025-9 (0-385-35025-2)

“It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did . . .”

So begins this novel-from-life by the best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, an exploration of memory and nostalgia set in the 1950s among... Read more






The Camera My Mother Gave Me
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Vintage | Trade Paperback | October 2002
$14.00/16.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-76343-7 (0-679-76343-0)

Susanna Kaysen, who wrote about her teenage depression in the bestseller Girl, Interrupted, now takes on another taboo: her vagina–which suddenly and inexplicably starts to hurt. And neither Kaysen’s cheery gynecologist, nor her internist, nor a laconic “vulvologist” has the cure. An alternative health nurse suggests direct application of tea, baking... Read more






Far Afield
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1994
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75376-6 (0-679-75376-1)

Jonathan Brand, a graduate student in anthropology, has decided to do his fieldwork in the remote Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic.  But, despite his Harvard training, he can barely understand, let alone "study," the culture he encounters.  From his struggles with the local cuisine to his affair with the Danish woman the... Read more






Girl, Interrupted
Written by Susanna Kaysen
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1994
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74604-1 (0-679-74604-8)

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. She spent most of the next two years in the ward for teenage girls in a psychiatric hospital as renowned for its famous clientele—Sylvia Plath, Robert... Read more





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