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.
"...These first lines of The Camera My Mother Gave Me represent one..."
Oct. 19, 2001 Books Feature by Marion Winik