Susanna Kaysen was born in Cambridge, MA in 1948 and spent most of her childhood there. She attended the Commonwealth School in Boston and The Cambridge School of Weston. Kaysen earned fame for her 1993 memoir, Girl, Interrupted, about her experiences in McLean Psychiatric hospital as a young woman. It was later adapted into a film starring Winona Ryder. Kaysen has also written two novels: Asa, as I knew Him and Far Afield. She was a Fellow at MacDowell in both 1988 and 1991. Today, she is divorced and residing in Cambridge, as she has for most of her life.