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 the academics and artists of Cambridge, Massachusetts. London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, the precocious narrator of Cambridge, would rather be home than in any of these places.
From the author of the acclaimed memoir Girl, Interrupted, The Camera My Mother Gave Me is Susanna Kaysen's exploration of what happens when sexual pleasure is replaced by pain. "When eros goes away," she writes, "it's as if I'm color-blind. The world is gray." But is this a problem of the body, or the mind? And can clinicians tease out the difference between the two?
"Kaysen's Performance is a Delight"