Too Bright to Hear

Juliann Garey

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“Juliann Garey, who has spoken openly about being bipolar herself, is a vivid and startling writer, and this novel shouldn't be relegated to the mental illness shelf unless it's also placed squarely in fiction and literature, where it will not only teach, it will shine.”
—Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
"A fine, sharp-tongued debut... [Greyson Todd] shades toward the antihero, asking you to hate him nearly as much as he hates himself. He offers little quarter for the timid. Still, I could not help emerging from Garey's first novel with a deep sympathy for Greyson and admiration for his creator.... Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See is a novel deeply wrapped around its subject, but it has its sights on grander themes—namely, how to survive in a world not made for you."
Los Angeles Times
“[Greyson Todd] is interesting and complex... You'd think he'd be a difficult character to love—he abandons his family, he's unpredictable. But we can understand his rationales; we know that he's not a villain.... His disarmingly dark, dry sense of humor made me laugh out loud several times.... We are deftly led through his erratic trains of thought, and suddenly we are with him in the irrational, sometimes violent place, and oddly, we understand how we got there.”
All Things Considered

Juliann Garey is a journalist and screenwriter whose work has appeared in Marie Claire, More, New York Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She is the editor of Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion, and has received fellowships in fiction writing at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and The Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of Yale University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Garey lives in New York City. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud to See is her first novel.