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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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“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''s semi-autobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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.

A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind.--Chicago Tribune

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Joanne Greenberg''s semi-autobiographical novel stands as a timeless and unforgettable portrayal of mental illness.

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

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.

"A rare and wonderful insight into the dark kingdom of the mind."―Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Joanne Greenberg is an internationally renowned, award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and collections of short stories, including I Never Promised You a Rose Garden. She lives with her husband in Colorado. They have two sons.

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A historical view of schizophrenia
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
A horrifying view into the terrifying world of a young schizophrenic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden gives us a taste of the disconnect of worlds while reminding us that the experience is personal. We will never do more than taste another''s mental disorder. While this... See more
A horrifying view into the terrifying world of a young schizophrenic, I Never Promised You a Rose Garden gives us a taste of the disconnect of worlds while reminding us that the experience is personal. We will never do more than taste another''s mental disorder. While this book ends on a hopeful note, it doesn''t provide follow-up on long term results.

Today the assumption is generally that schizophrenia has a physical cause, whether genetic, brain chemistry, viral, or other causal agent. Medications are helpful and therapy, in assistance to medication, can help many schizophrenics to function in the world. Families, too, can be helped to understand the schizophrenic patient. Treating it solely with the kind of therapy described in Rose Garden is rarely pursued. But the fact that in that era and in this case it was both pursued and some level of success achieved is a testament to both the author and therapist.
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Kathleen
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highly recommended for anyone who has mental illness
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2015
Lots of mental illness in my family; some schizoid affective cousins, a bipolar aunt, a major depressive grandmother...this disease is no joke and the stigma attached to it sickens me. This book comes directly from the author''s experiences with schizophrenia as an... See more
Lots of mental illness in my family; some schizoid affective cousins, a bipolar aunt, a major depressive grandmother...this disease is no joke and the stigma attached to it sickens me. This book comes directly from the author''s experiences with schizophrenia as an adolescent and her slow, difficult descent from hellish madness. I read this originally as a teen and didn''t comprehend it, although I knew it somehow registered with the experiences I had with family members. Re-reading it in my 50s it all makes sense...highly, highly recommended for anyone who has mental illness, loves someone with mental illness, has mental illness of any sort in their family or among their friends. Compassion is needed to help this disease.
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Gail Matelson
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One of the greatest books ever!
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
The psychological insight with which this book is written, with which the doctor helps Deborah, the patient, is fascinating. You have to pay attention to each word because there is not a word wasted in this beautiful story. This story is also for the ‘so-called mentally... See more
The psychological insight with which this book is written, with which the doctor helps Deborah, the patient, is fascinating. You have to pay attention to each word because there is not a word wasted in this beautiful story. This story is also for the ‘so-called mentally well’. The story depicts the mystery of the mind in all its vulnerability. It’s a mystery unraveled for all those who want to pay attention. And, I loved the ending. It was very honest.
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Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2021
I''ve heard of this book, and I had read similar books like this before... it came up as a recommendation, and this was during my phase of buying as many books as I could for my own personal library (back before I had kids and considered myself "rich" because all my money... See more
I''ve heard of this book, and I had read similar books like this before... it came up as a recommendation, and this was during my phase of buying as many books as I could for my own personal library (back before I had kids and considered myself "rich" because all my money was spent on me)... anyway, I never read the book because I couldn''t get into it. If I''m not able to get past the first chapter without constantly having to reread a paragraph or force myself to focus on it... then it''s impossible for me to get into it.
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Schizophrenic Young Woman Recovers
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2016
This is an excellent book about a self-destructive schizophrenic young woman placed in a mental institution by her parents. It is set in the 1950''s, and really provides insight into how primitive mental treatment was in those days. The book is co-written by the... See more
This is an excellent book about a self-destructive schizophrenic young woman placed in a mental institution by her parents. It is set in the 1950''s, and really provides insight into how primitive mental treatment was in those days.

The book is co-written by the patient and her psychiatrist, so you can see the therapy from the perspective of both people. The hallucinations and slipping in and out of reality are well-documented.

The patient''s psychiatrist, through talk therapy which takes years, is able to help the patient integrate into society. The psychiatrist''s colleagues consider the patient''s situation hopeless, so they discourage the continued therapy.

Like "cutters" today the patient likes to burn herself with cigarettes. Many of the staff smoked on the psychiatric ward, and they were always leaving smoldering cigarettes behind even though they knew the patient would use them to burn herself, leaving infected sores on both arms. When management banned smoking on the ward, the staff members became angry at the patient.
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Not for me.
Reviewed in the United States on April 16, 2020
I’m sorry. I’m a fast reader and yet it’s three weeks of agonizing, skipping pages and finally I went right to the authors note (which I appreciated). Every time I read a few pages, I felt stressed. Even trying to understand why I didn’t like this book is stressful. I am... See more
I’m sorry. I’m a fast reader and yet it’s three weeks of agonizing, skipping pages and finally I went right to the authors note (which I appreciated). Every time I read a few pages, I felt stressed. Even trying to understand why I didn’t like this book is stressful. I am choosing to just let it go. I did love Challenger Deep, another journey into a young teens mind with schizophrenia.
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Must read for anyone in the field, or wants to know how it feels to be schizophrenic.
Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2017
I read this book years ago as a student nurse, again during my psychiatric rotation, again after I started working on a psychiatric unit. So this is my fourth read. There is something new each time - can I say more.
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MaryLouise Hawken
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a compelling book
Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2013
This is perhaps the fourth or fifth time I''ve read this book in the past forty years. It''s been over twenty-five yrs since the last time. Although I''ve ordered Ms Greenberg''s first novel, I''ve never read anything else of hers. When I first read it I could not believe it was... See more
This is perhaps the fourth or fifth time I''ve read this book in the past forty years. It''s been over twenty-five yrs since the last time. Although I''ve ordered Ms Greenberg''s first novel, I''ve never read anything else of hers. When I first read it I could not believe it was not a true story, and indeed it turns out it just a thinly veiled story of Ms Greenberg''s own story. It is almost impossible to put down.

There is so much in this book that speaks to those who have never been diagnosed with a mental illness. It is a good way for many to have a better understanding of schizophrenia - a schizophrenia different from Sybil or Eve White/Black, but still similar. Frankly anyone going into psychiatry should be required to read this book.
I don''t know if I''ll ever read it again, but it has always been a book which left me profoundly affected.
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The dark world of schizophrenia...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2017
This is a beautiful and powerful study of a young girl''s battle with schizophrenia. Although it was first published over 50 years ago, and set in the late forties when anti-psychotic drugs were not on offer, this is just as relevant today as it was then. Schizophrenia is...See more
This is a beautiful and powerful study of a young girl''s battle with schizophrenia. Although it was first published over 50 years ago, and set in the late forties when anti-psychotic drugs were not on offer, this is just as relevant today as it was then. Schizophrenia is still subject to so much stigma and misconception. Greenberg''s tale of 16 year old Deborah''s stay in a psychiatric hospital portrays the alienation and terror of such an illness. Deborah battles with Yr, the kingdom that was once a welcome retreat from the loneliness of bullying and anti-Semitism she faced but that now refuses to release her from its grip. The intricacy of her delusion - including a made-up language - is astounding. For me, however, it was the pathos and humour of the patients that makes this so wonderful.
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Liam J Madden
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An Exceptional and Quite Brilliant Novel...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 22, 2020
Having read quite a number of books on the subject of Schizophrenia, I would say that most of them are incredible and very educational but always manage to convey an experience that is unique to the individuals who have been brave enough to write them. Joanne Greenberg is...See more
Having read quite a number of books on the subject of Schizophrenia, I would say that most of them are incredible and very educational but always manage to convey an experience that is unique to the individuals who have been brave enough to write them. Joanne Greenberg is no exception when it comes to being a writer who manages to convey sheer wonder and at times throughout the novel ''I Never Promised You A Rose Garden'' a level of complexity that is intriguing. This is a book that dares to be different and follows the story of Deborah, a 16 year-old who is diagnosed with Schizophrenia and spends time in a Psychiatric Hospital in America. The time is the 1960''s but there are no cultural descriptions that could have easily made the story ''dated''. In total, it''s a fascinating read and unlike any other book on the subject. It''s hard-going in parts but also extremely deep and profound. I enjoyed reading it immensely and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in the subject and looking for a story that has something different from other novels on the subject.
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A journey towards mental health
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 8, 2021
I guess that this is classic. A study of a person undertaking the journey from ''madness'' to the beautiful imperfect world that the rest of us inhabit. The perspective of the family and the impact on them is exploded sensitively.The thoughts and insights of the psychiatrist...See more
I guess that this is classic. A study of a person undertaking the journey from ''madness'' to the beautiful imperfect world that the rest of us inhabit. The perspective of the family and the impact on them is exploded sensitively.The thoughts and insights of the psychiatrist are interesting and illuminating . I read this over 30 years ago and revisited it after a career in Social Work. Like meeting an old friend it did not disappoint. Recommended!
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An old friend.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 12, 2018
I read this book about 50 years ago and wanted to re visit. An unusual and gripping read that I would recommend.
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Fabulous book wich gets into the mind of a suffering ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 24, 2014
Fabulous book wich gets into the mind of a suffering girl and depicts clearly how a therapist can help, the legth of time, acceptance, lack of judgement, honesty and skill needed. It reminded me of something I learned training to be a clinical psychologist that at some...See more
Fabulous book wich gets into the mind of a suffering girl and depicts clearly how a therapist can help, the legth of time, acceptance, lack of judgement, honesty and skill needed. It reminded me of something I learned training to be a clinical psychologist that at some level all defenses and actions and thoughts and feelings make sense and using acceptance, and building trust you can work out with someone why they feel, think and act as they do and then that gives them the choice to, if they want to act, think and feel differently.
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