While in Berlin for the Internationales Literaturfestival, Michael Greenberg sat down with the literary blog Bookslut to talk about his new hardcover Beg, Borrow, Steal and his acclaimed memoir Hurry Down Sunshine, just out in paperback.
Click here to read the complete interview where he discusses both books, including what made him decide to write Hurry Down Sunshine and why he decided not to fictionalize the story.
About Hurry Down Sunshine
Hurry Down Sunshine is an extraordinary family story and a memoir of exceptional power. In it, Michael Greenberg recounts in vivid detail the remarkable summer when, at the age of fifteen, his daughter was struck mad. It begins with Sally’s sudden 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. It is a tale of a family broken open, then painstakingly, movingly stitched together again.
Among Greenberg’s unforgettable cast of characters are an unconventional psychiatrist, an Orthodox Jewish patient, a manic Classics professor, a movie producer, and a landlord with literary aspirations. Unsentimental, nuanced, and deeply humane, Hurry Down Sunshine is essential reading in the literature of affliction alongside classics such as Girl, Interrupted and An Unquiet Mind.