Hurry Down Sunshine

Hurry Down Sunshine

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"Hurry Down Sunshine" tells the story of the extraordinary summer when, at the age of fifteen, Michael Greenberg's daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally's sudden visionary crack-up on the streets of Greenwich Village, and continues, among other places, in the out-of-time world of a Manhattan psychiatric ward during the city's most sweltering months. "I feel like I'm traveling and traveling with nowhere to go back to," Sally says in a burst of lucidity while hurtling away toward some place her father could not dream of or imagine. "Hurry Down Sunshine" is the chronicle of that journey, and its effect on Sally and those closest to her-her mother and stepmother, her brother and grandmother, and, not least of all, the author himself. Among Greenberg's unforgettable gallery of characters are an unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish patient, a manic Classics professor, a movie producer, and a landlord with literary aspirations. Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, "Hurry Down Sunshine" holds the listener in a mesmerizing state of suspension between the mundane and the transcendent.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 129.54 x 149.86 x 30.48mm | 181.44g
  • Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • United States
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0739368834
  • 9780739368831
  • 1,730,506

Review quote

"Lucid, realistic, compassionate, and illuminating.... In its detail, depth, richness and sheer intelligence, Hurry Down Sunshine will be recognized as a classic of its kind." --Oliver Sacks, "The New York Review of Books ""[Hurry Down Sunshine] is about tenacity and tenderness, feeling helpless but being present, about cracking up, then finding the wherewithal to glue the jagged pieces of your mind back together again. But mostly it's about love." --Oprah Winfrey, in her letter to readers in "O, The Oprah Magazine ""Triumphant. . . . Greenberg renders the details of his daughter's breakdown with lyrical precision." --"The Washington Post ""There is a dancing, dazzling siren seductress at the heart of this book and . . . [it is] madness itself. . . . The startling associative imagery that gives Greenberg's writing its power is like a domesticated version of the madness that nearly carried away his daughter's life." --"Time" "This memoir of a family crisis cshow more

About Michael Greenberg

A native New Yorker, Michael Greenberg is a columnist for the Times Literary Supplement (London), where his wide-ranging essays have been appearing since 2003. His fiction, criticism and travel pieces have been published in such disparate places as O Magazine, Bomb, The Village Voice, and the Boston Review. He lives in New York.show more

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3,157 ratings
3.39 out of 5 stars
5 13% (409)
4 32% (1,014)
3 39% (1,220)
2 14% (429)
1 3% (85)
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