Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See: A Novel

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See: A Novel

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By (author) Juliann Garey

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  • Publisher: Soho Press Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 229mm x 36mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 10 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 161695129X
  • ISBN 13: 9781616951290
  • Sales rank: 506,059

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A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years. "Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out."--Brian Yorkey, book and lyrics for "Next to Normal" In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd--a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter for a decade to travel the world, giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's childhood eyes; and the intricacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward.

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Juliann Garey has sold original screenplays and television pilots to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television and Lifetime TV. As a journalist she has edited and written for publications including "Marie Claire," "Glamour," "More," "Entertainment Weekly," "ELLE," "New York Magazine," "The""Los Angeles Times" and "The Huffington Post." She has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. Garey is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. "Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See" is her first novel.

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""Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See" is a brilliant first novel about love and madness, written with an assured grace." --Nancy Pearl "A fine, sharp-tongued debut. "Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See" is a novel deeply wrapped around its subject, but it has its sights on grander themes -- namely, how to survive in a world not made for you." --"Los Angeles Times " "[Greyson Todd] is interesting and complex...We are deftly led through his erratic trains of thought, and suddenly we are with him in the irrational, sometimes violent place, and oddly, we understand how we got there." --"All Things Considered" "Juliann Garey, who has spoken openly about being bipolar herself, is a vivid and startling writer, and this novel shouldn't be relegated to the mental illness shelf unless it's also placed squarely in fiction and literature, where it will not only teach, it will shine." --Meg Wolitzer, author of "The Interestings" "You won't be able to put down this exhilarating debut novel... brave and touching." --"Marie Claire" "Garey delivers a genuinely harrowing story that, against all odds, is deeply enjoyable." --"Boston Globe" "A gripping tale of a man's unraveling." --"Real Simple" "[Garey's] tense, unsettling, and convincing portrait of mental illness...[makes] a dark novel glow." --"Entertainment Weekly" "Greyson Todd is the most fully-realized fictional character I've come across in a while...Garey doesn't shy away from the depths of her character's pain, but scenes that could easily become gratuitous in lesser hands are rendered with restraint and grace. She excels at leading us down the rabbit hole...Garey creates an atmosphere of exquisite tension." "--The Millions " "Brilliantly captures the effects of electro-convulsive therapy...[Garey's] prose, with its mixture of the poetic and the profane, illuminates the psyche of a bipolar man, who seeks not a Hollywood ending but a rest