Girl, Interrupted

by

Susanna Kaysen

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A new arrival on the ward whose parents have sent her to McLean because she is their family’s “designated hitter”—the one individual upon whom everyone pins their own craziness. She is an amphetamine addict who fears returning to her home in Mexico and dying there from an overdose. Torrey’s parents eventually come to Boston to collect her and bring her home to meet her fate, while her fellow patients fret about what will become of her once she returns to Mexico.
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Chapter 23: Bare Bones
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...for their son, daughter, or other dependent to stay on the ward. A girl named Torrey, Susanna writes, had exactly that kind of family. (full context)
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All of the girls on the ward like Torrey, Susanna says, because of her “noble bearing.” Torrey is an amphetamine addict, and is the... (full context)
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One August, Torrey’s parents call to tell her that they are coming to collect her and bring her... (full context)
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In the morning, it is revealed that two nurses will be accompanying Torrey in the cab to the airport, and the girls devise a plan to create a... (full context)
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The next day is awful, as the girls worry incessantly about Torrey. They attempt to make a “schedule” for themselves and divide their time between rooms to... (full context)