Hurry Down Sunshine, Michael Greenberg

Ranked #2 in’s Best Books of 2008

One of TIME Magazine’s Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2008

Featured in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Best Books of 2008

On Library Journal’s Best of 2008 list

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 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 imagine. Hurry Down Sunshine is the chronicle of that journey, and its effect on Sally and those closest to her – her brother and grandmother, her mother and step-mother, 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 dreams.  Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine holds the reader in a mesmerizing state of suspension between the mundane and the transcendent.

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Praise for Hurry Down Sunshine:

“Lucid, realistic, compassionate, and illuminating…In its detail, depth, richness and sheer intelligence, Hurry Down Sunshine will be recognized as a classic of its kind.” – Oliver Sacks, New York Review of Books

“There is a dancing, dazzling siren seductress at the heart of this book and…[it is] madness itself…The startling associative imagery that gives Greenberg’s writing its power is like a domesticated version of the madness that nearly carried away his daughter’s life.” – Time

“Touching, warmly intimate, and unsparing…Like the best fiction, this memoir has transcended the merely particular and eccentric to constitute a kind of hard-won art.” –Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement

“Readers come away with a sense of the intractable nature of psychosis and the courage it requires for patients like Sally, whose struggles continue, merely to live.” – People

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