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Girl, Interrupted | Study Guide

Susanna Kaysen

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Susanna Kaysen

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Perspective and Narrator

Susanna Kaysen is the author, first-person narrator, and main character of the memoir Girl, Interrupted. As is typical for a memoir, this story is written from a retrospective point of view. The older, presumably wiser, narrating self looks back upon her younger self.


Girl, Interrupted is narrated in the past tense but sometimes switches to the present tense.

About the Title

Girl, Interrupted refers to a painting by Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer called Girl Interrupted at Her Music, a painting the main character and narrator of the memoir sees and admires in the Frick Collection in New York City.


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