SUSANNA KAYSEN has written two novels, Asa, As I Knew Him and Far Afield; and two memoirs, Girl, Interrupted and The Camera My Mother Gave Me.
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From the best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, a novel-from-life by turns funny and sad: the story of a girl growing up in the 1950s among the academics and artists of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her tangled attempts to understand herself, her family, and her place in the world.
Uprooted from the familiar, beloved streets around Harvard Square, the precocious young narrator Susanna feels lost when her family moves across the Atlantic for a sabbatical abroad. After a year in London and then Italy, she comes home with relief, a little wiser. Then Vishwa, a brilliant orchestra conductor, enters the family orbit and shows Susanna new ways of thinking not only about music-her mother's passion-but also about the power of love and of art. Later still, after another family sojourn overseas, this time in Greece, she returns to Cambridge with a sense of restless otherness, feeling herself an outsider wherever she is. Immediate and subtle, written with a fiercely sharp eye, Cambridge captures the fears and wonders of childhood, the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the ways we can-and cannot-go home.