Dora: A Headcase

Dora: A Headcase


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Hold a basketball under water, take your hand away, and it’ll surface with the powerhouse force of the suppressed. Welcome to Lidia Yuknavitch’s world. In Dora: A Headcase, Yuknavitch reimagines the girl, the woman, at the heart of Sigmund Freud’s breakthrough case study and unleashes this character's fury against a backdrop of hypocritical adulthood. Yuknavitch is talking back to a hundred years, to the founding of psychoanalysis. I’d like to think she wrote parts of this novel just for me, but so many readers will feel that way. Yuknavitch has wrestled with the force of her own convictions and given a powerful voice to a badass character born on the literary landscape. MONICA DRAKE author of Clown Girl

Dora is too much for Sigmund Freud but she’s just right for us—raunchy, sharp and so funny it hurts. KATHERINE DUNN author of Geek Love

In these times there's no reason for a novel to exist unless it's dangerous, provocative and not like anything that's come before. Dora: A Headcase is that kind of novel. It's dirty, sexy, rude, smart, soulful, fresh and risky. Think of your favorite out-there genius writer; multiply by ten, add a big heart, a poet's ear, and a bad girl's courage, and you've got Lidia Yuknavitch. KAREN KARBO, author of How Georgia Became O'Keeffe

Dora: A Head Case is first and foremost an irreverent portrait of a smart seventeen year old trying to survive. It channels Sigmund Freud and his young patient Dora and is both a hilarious critique and an oddly touching homage. With an unerring ear and a very keen eye, Lidia Yuknavitch casts a very special slant of light on our centuries and our lives. Put simply, the book is needed. CAROLE MASO author of Defiance and The Art Lover

Snappy and fun. I can pretty much guarantee you haven't met a character quite l like Ida before. BLAKE NELSON author of Girl and Paranoid Park

In Dora, [Lidia Yuknavitch] takes the most classic model of Thera-tainment, personal-crisis-as-content, and she re-imagines it wonderfully reversed. The world of Dora is not just possible, it’s inevitable. It’s revenge as the ultimate therapy. From the introduction by CHUCK PALAHNIUK author of Damned

When about to plummet to our deaths or fly we speak in a language all our own. Dora: A Headcase is a feminist retelling of Freud’s famous case study, Dora. But the novel constantly transcends this conceit in beautiful and surprising ways. Sure there’s literary discourse and feminist asides, feats of craft and vision, but in the end Yuknavitch drives narrative the way rednecks drive muscle cars. Right across your lawn without respect to boundaries. If Ida is a little scary to some readers, it’s only because we’ve forgotten that nothing is scarier than a teenage girl. They whisper things we don’t want to hear— that sometimes cutting is an act of freedom, like meditating without sleep, or starving yourself for the parallel bars. Also, that it’s damn hard to do the right thing when you’re in a dangerous conversation with the universe, one meant for god’s ears alone.

Personally as someone whose teen years were hellish, I was floored by the softness and raw sorrow in Ida’s voice, which Yuknavitch braided in with the anger. It felt more real, more like the girls I knew and was, than any other coming of age narrator. Put simply, Yuknavitch has written the best portrait of teen girlhood I have ever read. I loved this book—it’s like a smart, fast chick Fight Club. In twenty years, I hope to wake up in a world where Dora: A Headcase has replaced Catcher in the Rye on high school reading lists for the alienated. I’m pretty sure that world would be a better one. VANESSA VESELKA, author of Zazen

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983477570
Publisher: Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 661,887
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

LIDIA YUKNAVITCH IS THE AUTHOR of The Chronology of Water: A Memoir and three works of short fiction: Her Other Mouths, Liberty’s Excess, and Real to Reel, as well as a book of literary criticism, Allegories of Violence.

Her work has appeared in Ms., The Iowa Review, Exquisite Corpse, Another Chicago Magazine, Fiction International, Zyzzyva, and elsewhere. Her book Real to Reel was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award, and she is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Poets and Writers and Literary Arts, Inc. Her work appears in the anthologies Life As We Show It (City Lights), Forms At War (FC2), Wreckage of Reason (Spuytin Duyvil). Yuknavitch teaches writing, literature, film, and Women’s Studies in Oregon.

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Dora - A Headcase 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a decent read in my opinion. I think for younger psych students it may broaden understanding on the original case study by Freud. I found the second half long and kind of boring. I also found myself not sold on how this author portrays teenagers, as a 21 year old it felt far off from the voices of seventeen year olds. I will probably never re- visit this novel, however I don't feel as though it was necessarily time wasted.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the best thing I've read in years. I felt revitalized by the honesty and clarity of Dora's storytelling. It was glorious to find something so good, such a reward after sifting through all that Patterson/Picault level drek out there, just looking for one true voice. Read it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It is down and dirty and is very realistic look inside the head of a teenager growing up in a dysfunctional family with a philandering father, a drunken mother, and the husband of her father's mistress trying to seduce her.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Fine. But one kinute!!!" Disappears
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kissed Aido and disappears back to vt
melanie_with_the_eyes More than 1 year ago
A book that pushes events to the brink of what we consider to be almost too unbelievable, but not quite. By walking a line of entertainment versus psych issues affecting troubled youth, the story sucked me in. The descriptions of Seattle's underbelly are surprisingly well-written and on target. Great purchase.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sighs and goes to vt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sure he gives her a mosoge then falls asleep
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I need a friend