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“Convincing and emotionally gripping.” ―The New York Times
“A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind.” ―Chicago Tribune
Joanne Greenberg's semi-autobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Enveloped in the dark inner kingdom of her schizophrenia, sixteen-year-old Deborah is haunted by private tormentors that isolate her from the outside world. With the reluctant and fearful consent of her parents, she enters a mental hospital where she will spend the next three years battling to regain her sanity with the help of a gifted psychiatrist. As Deborah struggles toward the possibility of the "normal" life she and her family hope for, the reader is inexorably drawn into her private suffering and deep determination to confront her demons. A modern classic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden remains every bit as poignant, gripping, and relevant today as when it was first published.
"A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind."―Chicago Tribune
I originally read this book 5 years ago. The story haunted me so much that it stayed with me in the forerfont of my mind for two years. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Zara Hoffman
A very wonderfully written tale that takes you inside the mind of mental illnessPublished 23 days ago by Melanie
Excellent portrayal of the struggles of mental illness. Deborah's ordeal to overcome and "get well" are given in touching detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shirley Musich
I cannot put this book down! It is absolutely gripping. The description of the Deborah's illness and her worlds is so twisted you have to wonder if Joanne Greenberg suffered from... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rita Fridman
This was heartbreaking to read because of the dark subject matter, but a powerful book that should be read by all to understand mental illness better.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Powerful distinctive work. Got the feeling it was like a feminine Catch-22 in places -- that is, a feminine version of Catch-22, with its scope and the art of the writing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Wordlings
Lots of mental illness in my family; some schizoid affective cousins, a bipolar aunt, a major depressive grandmother... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kathleen