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Quiet-Crazy: A Novel Hardcover – September 1, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books; 1ST edition (September 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0945575432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0945575436
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,587,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Who am I? For most of us the answer is clear, but for Elizabeth Miller, a stay at a mental hospital is necessary before she can even ask the question. Eerie events from the past surface: Years earlier, Elizabeth's mother accidentally ran over an elder daughter, Angela, who was four. In her grief, the mother dresses Elizabeth in Angela's clothes and treats her like a child, even as Elizabeth becomes a woman. Caught in this childlike state in an isolated mountain town at the age of 28, Elizabeth becomes increasingly depressed until an aunt mandates medical treatment. The treatment offers the hope of putting the dead Angela to rest and a chance for Elizabeth to begin her life. Barrett's first adult novel (following a children's book, Willie Is Not for Hugging , HarperCollins, 1989) is intriguing in its probing of self-discovery. Recommended for popular collections.
- Heather Blenkinsopp, Mercy Coll. Lib., Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Sarah Elizabeth Miller is a childlike woman of 28, still living at home and torturously oppressed by her mother's punishing control. Elizabeth--as she is called--will leave the small Appalachian town of her birth to enter a mental hospital, where she will have the opportunity to emerge from the formidable shadow cast by her deceased sister. Barrett's debut novel is a story worthy of being told. In her wonderfully capable southern voice, she allows Elizabeth to find her own true self and to be set free from a long-buried secret. Emerging from depression, Elizabeth will leave factory work behind as she becomes ready for an independent life. Barrett has created a yarn pertinent to today's climate of increased sensitivity toward the injustices suffered by so many children. With a knowing look at the abusive behavior of parents and other trusted grown-ups, this first novel acknowledges the tarnished childhoods that so many adults must find ways to overcome. Alice Joyce

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Come along and join Elizabeth, a young lady who resolved to conquer the demons in her world and in her mind. I can't promise WHAT you feel when you close the book, but I can promise that you WILL feel. Kudos to Joyce Barrett on a ground-shaking first novel. We're waiting for the next. . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth is a woman who is held in her mothers craziness and doesnt know who she is until she goes to a mental hospital with the help of a doctor and her aunt she does find herself and becomes free of her mothers burden
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By Shannon Hadley on August 24, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I found the book Quiet Crazy to be a little undefined. What you read on the inside cover is just what you get. There is no big and powerful ending, no pinnacle in the storyline, and no definite thoughts about the future. It's like "a day in the life of..." The story is predictable and not very exciting. If you are looking for a hopeless person who is "cured" through therapy, I highly recommend A Million Little Pieces. Quiet Crazy is rather boring and nondescript. The reader never does really find out WHY she is in therpay or HOW her sister died - or even if there ever was a sister! Try A Million Little Pieces - now there's a person who had a rough go at life!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Twinkee22@aol.com on August 27, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Elizabeth goes into a mental hospital to find herself and lose the painful hold of her mother and dead sister. The reader gets to experience Elizabeth's time at the hospital and her therapy. You also get a glipse at the kind of people that spend time in that kind of hospital. They are not all "crazy." I felt the book moved quickly, and I enjoyed Elizabeth immensely.
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