Hurry Down Sunshine

Michael Greenberg, Author . Other Press $24.95 (234p) ISBN 978-1-59051-191-6

Greenberg, a columnist for London’s Times Literary Supplement , was living in Greenwich Village in 1996 when his 15-year-old daughter, Sally, suddenly became manic, importuning strangers and ranting in the streets about her newfound cosmic wisdom. She was a danger to herself and others, so her father and stepmother had her committed to a psychiatric facility. Greenberg was no stranger to mental illness; he’d been caring for his dysfunctional brother most of their adult lives. Still, Sally was so brilliant, so caring, he couldn’t bear the thought of her ending up like his brother. During the 24 long days Sally spent in the hospital, Greenberg learned to cope. He watched a Hasidic family visiting with their mentally ill young man. He pondered his ex-wife going to cuddle with Sally, as if she were still a little girl. He listened to his mother explain her troubled marriage and the subsequent mental illness of his brother. He wondered at his present wife’s resilience. After Sally’s discharge, questions of how they would adjust to their new lives were complicated in very different ways. In this well-written and sincere memoir, Greenberg proves to be a caring man trying to find his way through the minefield of a loved one’s madness. (Sept.)

Reviewed on: 06/23/2008
Release date: 09/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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