Cambridge Kaysen, who famously recounted her time in a psychiatric ward in the best-selling 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, mines her young life once again — with… Cambridge Kaysen, who famously recounted her time in a psychiatric ward in the best-selling 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, mines her young life once again — with… 2014-03-18 Fiction Knopf
Book Review

Cambridge (2014)

CAMBRIDGE Susanna Kaysen
CAMBRIDGE Susanna Kaysen
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 18, 2014; Writer: Susanna Kaysen; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Knopf

Kaysen, who famously recounted her time in a psychiatric ward in the best-selling 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, mines her young life once again — with diminishing returns. It's not that she lacks material. The eldest daughter of a Harvard academic, she spent her childhood in a nicotine fugue of midcentury artists and intellectuals, boomeranging between the Massachusetts city of the title and her father's exotic European postings. As a travel writer, Kaysen shines: Her descriptions of sunbaked Italian villas and the dank shortcomings of British plumbing come in Technicolor. As a memoirist, however (Cambridge's jacket dubs it a ''novel-from-life''), she cul-de-sacs in needless minutiae and sour score-settling with her parents. Sometimes a girl, uninterrupted goes on too long. B

Originally posted Mar 12, 2014 Published in issue #1303 Mar 21, 2014 Order article reprints