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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,168 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Greenberg Narrator: Michael Greenberg Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2008 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Nonfiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jen Johnson | 1/17/2014

    " I couldn't finish this book. It was pretty boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 1/9/2014

    " an intelligent, thoughtful, and honest look at a teenage girl's mental illness, told by her father "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nancy | 12/24/2013

    " Despite my connection with family members and friends who've been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, I had trouble relating to this story, perhaps partly because I've never witnessed anyone in an acute stage of psychosis. The author recounts the summer his fifteen year old daughter entered full-blown psychosis. She was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The author also tells of his role supporting his older brother Steve, who struggles with his own mental illness, although a diagnosis is never named. It was interesting to be let in on the author's thought process as he tried to connect with his daughter and puzzled over the underlying cause of her metal illness. Not surprisingly, he wonders whether he did anything to contribute to her mental breakdown. Meanwhile, his mother, with whom he has a distant relationship, confesses her belief that she caused Steve's mental illness. At times, I found myself distracted by the author's lifestyle and language (describing his daughter's psychosis as a "crack up") and admitted high tolerance for different behavior/thinking. Was he blind to the early signs of his daughter's oncoming mental illness? Still, I found this was overall an interesting read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Djdee | 12/12/2013

    " You feel like you are right there sharing the experiences along with the author. "

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