Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

Is There No Place on Earth for Me?

Book - 2014 | Second Vintage Books edition.
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Recounts the lonely, harrowing life of a diagnosed schizophrenic Sylvia Frumkin, whose experience has included frequent hospitalizations from childhood on, bouts with insulin comes, electroshock treatments, and drug therapy.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2014.
Edition: Second Vintage Books edition.
ISBN: 9780804169189
Branch Call Number: 616.8982 SHEEHAN
Characteristics: xv, 358 pages ; 21 cm.


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Aug 02, 2012

Sheehan won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction for this book in the early '80s. It is an extraordinary account of one year in one young woman's life. "Sylvia Frumkin" is in her thirties, and has suffered severe schizophrenia since her teens. Sheehan was given permission from Frumkin, her family, and the medical staff at a big mental hospital in New York City to spend this time with Ms. Frumkin. She talked to her, observed her, sat in on medical consultations & treatments, watched family dynamics, even slept in the bed next to her for some time. What emerges is what Robert Coles (who wrote a great introduction to the book) calls "a life which is hell on earth". Sheehan is observant and unsentimental, but the pain, confusion and frustration for Ms. Frumkin and others around her pours off these pages. Not an easy read but an important one - especially for those of us who have had the good luck not to have such suffering ourselves or in our immediate circle of loved ones.


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