Hurry Down Sunshine
By Michael Greenberg
(Other Press (NY), Hardcover, 9781590511916, 234pp.)
Publication Date: September 9, 2008
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"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. The courage Michael Greenberg shows in narrating the story of his adolescent daughter's descent into psychosis is matched by 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 is a remarkable memoir." - Phillip Lopate, author of "Two Marriages" and "Waterfront: A Journey Around Manhattan
Suzanne Niemoth, Flavorpill
“Michael Greenberg's excellently written memoir … echoes the genre's most poignant predecessors. … Greenberg's wry, lighting-bolt prose and unsentimental portrayal of his family's ordeal make for a brilliant, engrossing sketch of mental illness and its terrifying, destructive fallout.”
Oliver Sacks, New York Review of Books
“In its detail, depth, richness, and sheer intelligence, Hurry Down Sunshine will be recognized as a classic of its kind ….Lucid, realistic, compassionate, illuminating, Hurry Down Sunshine may provide a sort of guide for those who have to negotiate the dark regions of the soul—a guide, too, for their families and friends, for all those who want to understand what their loved ones are going through.”
Time, Lev Grossman
“[an]… extraordinary memoir…”
“The prose is so fluid that it transports us into the author's head, making his shock, fear, and love our own.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“[Hurry Down Sunshine is]… almost impossible to put down.”
“…deeply affecting and poetically rendered…”