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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

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I Never Promised You A Rose Garden

by Greenberg, Joanne
A teen girl who hides from life in her own world

I picked up a 1964 paperback copy of I Never Promised You a Rose Garden several years ago, quite by accident. Bored working in the security office on my college campus, I grabbed the book off the shelf to bide some time, and by the time I finished it, my world had been rocked. The main character, Deborah, is an extremely bright, extremely troubled 16 year old who is continuously thrown back and forth between reality and the dark, twisted, dangerously deceiving world in her mind, known as the Land of Ur. Every element of her story gripped me: from her relationship with the psychiatrist assigned to her case (and the doctor's real and gritty investment in Deborah's plight) to relationships with her fellow psych patients and her baffled, despairing parents. And, above all, the queer paradox of craving comfort and escape from reality, in an imaginary world set up solely to punish and humiliate her. With an ending that can only be described as...perfect, I can guarantee this is life-changing stuff here.

 
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Suffering from schizophrenia, sixteen-year-old Deborah struggles to overcome her illness and rejoin the real world with the help of her hospital psychiatrist, in a new edition of the classic, semi-autobiographical novel. Reprint.



  • Condition: New
    HPB condition ratings
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    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB.com
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr
  • ISBN-13: 9780312943592
  • ISBN: 0312943598
  • Publication Year: 2008
  • Edition: Reprint
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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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HPB condition ratings
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