I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

A Novel

Joanne Greenberg

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The classic novel about a young woman’s struggle against madness, now a Holt Paperback, with a new afterword by the author

Hailed by The New York Times as "convincing and emotionally gripping" upon its publication in 1964, Joanne Greenberg’s semiautobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness. Enveloped in the dark inner kingdom of her schizophrenia, sixteen-year-old Deborah is haunted by private tormentors that isolate her from the outside world. With the reluctant and fearful consent of her parents, she enters a mental hospital where she will spend the next three years battling to regain her sanity with the help of a gifted psychiatrist. As Deborah struggles toward the possibility of the "normal" life she and her family hope for, the reader is inexorably drawn into her private suffering and deep determination to confront her demons.

A modern classic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden remains every bit as poignant, gripping, and relevant today as when it was first published.

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Chapter One

They rode through the lush farm country in the middle of autumn, through quaint old towns whose streets showed the brilliant colors of turning trees. They said little. Of the three, the father was most visibly strained. Now and then he would place bits of talk into the long silences, random and inopportune things with which he himself seemed to have no patience. Once he demanded of the girl, whose face he had caught in the rearview mirror: “You know, don’t you, that I was a fool when I married—a damn young fool who didn’t know about bringing up children—about

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“Convincing and emotionally gripping.”—The New York Times

“A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind.”—Chicago Tribune


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Joanne Greenberg

Joanne Greenberg is an internationally renowned, award-winning author of thirteen novels and four collections of short stories. She lives with her husband in Colorado. They have two sons.

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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
A Novel
Joanne Greenberg

e-Book Agency

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
January 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429988773
ISBN10: 1429988770
5 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$6.99

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Paperbacks
December 2008
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780312943592
ISBN10: 0312943598
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 304 pages
$6.99

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Trade Paperback
Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
January 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805089264
ISBN10: 0805089268
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 304 pages
$15.99
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