Girl, Interrupted


Susanna Kaysen

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Girl, Interrupted Symbols

The Tunnels

On a snowy day, rather than walking Susanna to her therapist’s office through the wintry weather outside, a nurse leads her through a series of underground tunnels which connect the separate buildings of the McLean…

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Girl Interrupted at Her Music (painting by Vermeer)

Kaysen titled her memoir after a famous baroque painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer, Girl Interrupted at Her Music. The painting, produced in the late 1650s, depicts a young woman interrupted by an older gentleman…

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