A Headcase

Yuknavitch, Lidia

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Hawthorne Books, c2012
ISBN: 0983477574
Characteristics: xx, 237 p. ;,23 cm


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Sep 03, 2012
  • nsolomyn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 03, 2012
  • nsolomyn rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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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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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