Book Review: Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg

by lackofsolidity on October 12, 2010

This story is told through the eyes of a father whose daughter is struck with psychosis. Her episode occurs at the early onset of age 15. She is tentatively given the label of ‘Bipolar I’, but doctors think it is still too soon in her life to serve a definitive diagnosis.

The author is very skilled at examining his daughter’s behaviors. “She thinks she’s eloquent, when she can’t put together a cohesive sentence. She demands control because, in some interstice of her psyche, she knows she is hurtling out of control.” His explanations of his perspectives are so precise that they can seem somewhat pompous – though maybe that was just the vibe I got from the voice on the audio book, and not necessarily the writing itself.

It’s an interesting read for anyone fixated on mental disorders, like me, a psych major. Otherwise, it can be a bit tedious with its detail.

    “I know how they talk, especially about girls. There’s no mercy. They’ll snicker about her and crack jokes. We have to keep this from getting out […]”

    “She won’t be doing the Thorazine shuffle, if that’s what you mean. But will she be the most normal-looking person on the A train? Probably not […]”

Author Michael Greenberg’s Blog

Interview with Michael Greenberg, author of the memoir Hurry Down Sunshine.

One Falling, One Diving: A Review of Michael Greenberg’s Hurry Down Sunshine