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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (20 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Appleman Shapiro Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2017 ISBN: 9781436185202
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Four Rooms, Upstairs—a finalist for the Next Generation Indie Book Award—is the story of Linda Appleman Shapiro, an immigrant daughter who grew up on the top floor of a small home in 1940s Brooklyn, and struggled to understand her mentally ill mother. For years Linda tried to ignore the phases when her mother was “not herself.” As the youngest child and only girl, Linda spent many days at home alone with her mother, watching her battle memories of loss and despair, unable to cope. But at that time, her mother was not seen as mentally ill-she was simply ill. Linda was appalled by the treatments prescribed to her mother and determined to make life better for her family. Linda eventually persevered, becoming a psychotherapist to help others like her and her mother, and marrying acclaimed audiobook narrator George Guidall. This poignant audiobook, touched with both sweetness and sorrow, is narrated by Suzanne Toren.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn Harris | 3/30/2013

    " Linda tells of her family's struggle to understand the wife and mother they lived with in those Four Rooms, Upstairs during the 1940's and 50's when mental illness was misunderstood and often left untreated, or treated with electric shock therapy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 11/27/2012

    " I wanted to quit after the first chapter, but made myself stick it out because the author grew up in the same era and city as my mom, so I thought I might glean some insight to her life. Not so much. I finished it but didn't enjoy it. Blah. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danielle | 3/23/2011

    " I wanted to quit after the first chapter, but made myself stick it out because the author grew up in the same era and city as my mom, so I thought I might glean some insight to her life. Not so much. I finished it but didn't enjoy it. Blah. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/19/2008

    " Linda tells of her family's struggle to understand the wife and mother they lived with in those Four Rooms, Upstairs during the 1940's and 50's when mental illness was misunderstood and often left untreated, or treated with electric shock therapy. "

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About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.