Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See

Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See : A Novel

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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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  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • Soho Press Inc
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 161695129X
  • 9781616951290
  • 526,624

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"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" "This is an important novel, an eye-opener, and, at times, a white-knuckle horror show in its depiction of mental illness." --David Abrams, "Fobbit" "Garey evokes in stark detail the torment and raw suffering of mental illness. A compelling read." "--Library Journal, " Starred Review "A racing, vertiginous read, harrowing and heart-breaking and humorous at once. Greyson Todd has a magnetic presence, from which it is extremely difficult to step away. Juliann Garey has written a brilliant novel, allowing us the privilege of travelling--hurtling, really--in the presences of Grey's troubled mind. By doing so, she makes his single, deeply moving story something even greater: a comment on family, and illness, and the complicated tracks that remain within our memory, waiting to be traveled down again." --Daniel Mason, "The Piano Tuner ""Garey breathes life into an uncomfortable and often misunderstood subject and creates a riveting experience."" --Kirkus Reviews " "In her debut, screenwriter Garey delivers a commanding portrait... A vividly written chronicle of one man's attempt to conquer his mental illness." --"Booklist ""As heartbreaking as The Diving Bell and the Butterfly and as hilarious as A Confederacy of Dunces, I think Garey is a genius." "--"Jennifer Belle, "High Maintenance" and "The Seven Year Bitch ""Authentic . . . earnest."" --Publishers Weekly ""Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out.

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About Juliann Garey

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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