A Los Angeles Times Best Book or the Year
National Book Award Winner Jaimy Gordon’s bold and daring coming of age novel combines the teenaged angst of Catcher in the Rye with the humor and tragedy of Girl, Interrupted.
Ursie Koderer knows herself to be a monster--doomed to be different from other girls--very different. When she’s discovered cutting herself at camp, she goes AWOL, and lands in a Baltimore psychiatric hospital. Ursie, now known as the Bogeywoman, joins up with the other misfits on the adolescent ward. They start a bughouse rock group, steal a nitrous oxide machine. As a mental patient Ursie is a success. But then she’s implicated in the accidental burning of a friend. Locked away, the Bogeywoman meets the beautiful, mysterious Doctor Zuk, a woman psychiatrist from somewhere east of the Urals. Their affair is the main event in this gorgeous novel of love, crime, liberation, and flight to something like a new world.
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Review: BogeywomanUser Review - Alan - Goodreads
exuberant, and, at times, exhausting lesbian coming-of-age novel. The language just bursts out of the book as the teenage heroine has a lexicon all of her own - men for example are 'fuddies' with frog ... Read full review
Review: BogeywomanUser Review - Erin O'Riordan - Goodreads
I don't remember precisely when I read this novel, but I do recall that it was quite bold and that I enjoyed it very much. Having had little other exposure to lesbian literature at the time, I appreciated that this book broached the theme. Read full review
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