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Susanna Kaysen
Born November 11, 1948 (1948-11-11) (age 72)
Nationality American
Occupation Author
Known for Girl, Interrupted
Parent(s) Carl Kaysen
Annette Neutra Kaysen

Susanna Kaysen (born November 11, 1948) is an American author, best known for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted.


Kaysen was born and raised in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is the daughter of Annette (Neutra) and economist Carl Kaysen, a professor at MIT and former advisor to President John F. Kennedy. Her family is Jewish.

Kaysen attended high school at the Commonwealth School in Boston, and The Cambridge School of Weston, before being sent to McLean Hospital in 1967 to undergo psychiatric treatment for depression. Whilst there she was diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. She was released after 18 months. She later drew on this experience for her 1993 memoir Girl, Interrupted, which was adapted into a film in 1999; she was portrayed by Winona Ryder.

Kaysen has one sister and is divorced. She lived for a time in the Faroe Islands, upon which experience her novel Far Afield is based.

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