Hurry Down Sunshine

by Michael Greenberg | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 9781590511916 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 9/24/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, September 24, 2008
From Publishers Weekly
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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, October 01, 2008
All of a sudden Greenburg's daughter, Sally, is crazy. This book describes in detail the path of downward spiraling of Manic depression and psychosis that Sally and the whole family goes through. The author describes how when confronted with some very wild behaviour he wished to believe it was just drugs. He eventually had to commit his own daughter and suffer the guilt and the accusations from others.

Greenburg also describes the effects of the drugs the medical staff must put his daughter on to control her wild ideas. The author goes through each of the phases in his daughter's illness: from onset to being able to live 'outside'. The reader can feel his pain and confusion. Greenburg is not a stranger to mental illness as he has a brother who needs his care occasionally.

While visiting Sally daily while in a facility Greenburg describes some of the others on the same ward, a devout Jew and a professor. He also strives to nurture his marriage under very trying circumstances. Greenburg must juggle his wife, ex-wife, brother, son, his landlord, his mother and a potential employer all while dealing with the problems of his daughter.

I found it very interesting to read about the mental illness and specifically about the drugs and their effects. I had trouble believing that Greenburg did not push the doctors more strongly for a earlier diagnosis. The other very intriguing aspect is how his ex-wife deals with the illness in such a spiritual way.

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Thursday, November 13, 2008
Reading now!

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Greenburg lives a somewhat normal life: a life with his wife Pat and daughter Sally, an ex-wife who lives in another state, a son who's off a school, an older brother he needs to carefully take care of, and a pretty large family. When he returns home one day and notices police cars outside of his home, he thinks they must be for some other family. He soon learns that his daughter was acting erratically which brought police attention. It goes downhill from there. His daughter literally cracks up, and Greenburg is required to take her to a mental institution and leave her there.

What results is Greenburg and his family's journey through Sally's illness. His relationship with his wife is tested and he questions whether his family history has affected Sally and brought this mental illness on her through no fault of her own. They go through different stages of acceptance and treatment in what is an interesting journey.

It's hard to imagine how someone can live with the uncertainty of how a loved one is going to act at any given time. He also had to live with not knowing whether this was it for his daughter - was she ever going to be "cured"? Would she ever lead a normal life again? Quite an interesting perspective on mental illness.

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, November 23, 2008
This book is back with me :)

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, January 09, 2009
mailed today to Krin who won this in a Memoir swap

Journal Entry 7 by krin511 from Olney, Maryland USA on Thursday, January 15, 2009
Arrived today - thanks!

Journal Entry 8 by krin511 at Olney, Maryland USA on Monday, April 04, 2011
This was an interesting book about how mental illness affects a family. I liked how Sally's parents struggled to understand what's happening.

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