Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey

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Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See personalizes an often-stigmatized mental illness, turning Greyson’s struggles into something comprehensible and universal.
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A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.

“You won’t be able to put down this exhilarating debut novel... brave and touching.” 
—Marie Claire

In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd—a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter for a decade to travel the world, giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he’s been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years. The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson’s travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson’s childhood eyes; and the intricacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward.


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About Juliann Garey

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Juliann Garey has sold original screenplays and television pilots to Sony Pictures, NBC, CBS, Columbia TriStar Television and Lifetime TV. As a journalist she has edited and written for publications including Marie Claire, Glamour, More, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, New York Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Huffington Post. She has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. Garey is a graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See is her first novel.
 
Published December 26, 2012 by Soho Press. 306 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ellen Forney on Jan 11 2013

...the author, Juliann Garey, is not an outsider looking in — she's a bipolar journalist and screenwriter, and the character she creates in this novel is interesting and complex.

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Reviewed by Samantha Nelson on Jan 28 2013

Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See personalizes an often-stigmatized mental illness, turning Greyson’s struggles into something comprehensible and universal.

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