Dora

Dora

A Headcase : A Novel

Book - 2012
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Ida needs a shrink . . . or so her philandering father thinks, and he sends her to a Seattle psychiatrist. Immediately wise to the head games of her new shrink, whom she nicknames Siggy, Ida begins a coming-of-age journey. At the beginning of her therapy, Ida, whose alter ego is Dora, and her small posse of pals engage in "art attacks." Ida's in love with her friend Obsidian, but when she gets close to intimacy, she faints or loses her voice. Ida and her friends hatch a plan to secretly film Siggy and make an experimental art film. But something goes wrong at a crucial moment,at a nearby hospital Ida finds her father suffering a heart attack. While Ida loses her voice, a rough cut of her experimental film has gone viral, and unethical media agents are hunting her down. A chase ensues in which everyone wants what Ida has.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books & Literary Arts, c2012
Description: xx, 27-237 p. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9780983477570
0983477574
Branch Call Number: Yukn

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jezicuhh
Jun 16, 2017

I love Yuknavitch's writing style and this was a short, quick read. I just had to keep reading to see what happened to Ida/Dora/all the other strange people. At the end of it all, I realize a lot of it went over my head and I was reading simply for the joy of reading a book by Lidia Yuknavitch. This novel is about the subject of a famous case study by Sigmund Freud. The subject of the study had lost her voice. In an interview, Yuknavitch said that she wanted to "give Dora back her voice and 'talk back' to Freud." While this is a very interesting concept and her writing is superb, at the end of it all, I couldn't help but think "Huh???"

ChristchurchLib Feb 19, 2013

In this interesting first novel, equal parts acid-tongued coming-of-age story and feminist retelling of Freud’s most famous case study, Seattle teen Ida goes toe-to-toe with her new shrink, recording their conversations (among other things) with the recorder she’s hidden in her Dora the Explorer purse. At home, her father is having an affair with Mrs. K. (Mr. K., true to Freud’s model, propositioned Ida when she was 14) and her mother is drinking herself into oblivion. In therapy, mandated by her father, Ida, nimble as a boxer, counters Siggy every time he brings up his favourite topic: sex. Sex is the one thing that Ida hasn’t experienced yet, though she’s desperately in love with her friend, Obsidian, but whenever the girls go beyond kissing, Ida either faints or loses her voice.

Fiction A to Z newsletter February 2013.

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nsolomyn
Sep 03, 2012

Or maybe what I really want to tell him is "Um, brainbuster? Next time you work with a female? Ask her which city her body is. Or ocean. Give her poetry books written by women. Like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton and H.D. and Adrienne Richa and Mary Oliver and Emily Dickinson. Let her draw or paint or sing a self before. You. Say. A. Word.

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nsolomyn
Sep 03, 2012

You know, I'd be crushed and all, but the more I'm around this family, the more I understand - things must always get worse, or the drama goes impotent. That's the fucked up part about life. You have to keep stroking the family drama. Wouldn't want anyone to feel, you know, good about their lives, or selves exactly the way they are. Wouldn't want any bullshit Zen calm descending on the home. That'd be nuts. You stroke the drama with everything you've got until you run out of energy. Then you die. The end. Orgasm accomplished.

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