Susanna Kaysen Lays It on the Line
The Camera My Mother Gave Me, by Girl, Interrupted author Susanna Kaysen, is a memoir that has nothing to do with either the author's camera or her mother, Marion Winik writes. It is about her vagina. It is the chronicle of a mysterious and intractable medical problem she had with this little-discussed part of the body, and of the interesting experiences she endured in what I think of as Patient-World, the alternate reality inhabited by those of us who have something wrong with our bodies.
"...nurse to biofeedback specialist, from blue-collar boyfriend to molecular-biologist buddy, her sensibility is her only defense against the madness...."
Oct. 19, 2001 Books Feature by Marion Winik