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” A brilliantly documented chronicle of young woman’s long struggle with schizophrenia.”—Willard Gaylin, The New Republic
“Sylvia Frumkin,” highly intelligent young girl, became a schizophrenic in her late teens and spent most of the next seventeen years in anti out of mental institutions. Susan Sheehan, a talented reporter followed “Sylvia” for almost a year talking with and observing her listening to her monologues, sitting in on consultations with doctors, even for a period sleeping in the bed next to her in a mental hospital.
“Susan Sheehan has committed an extraordinary act of journalism….She brings relentless intelligent attention to bear on a particular case, a journalistic practice that almost always results in new and disturbing insights into those mindless generalities…[more]