Bogeywoman: A Novel

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Sun & Moon Press, 1999 - Fiction - 344 pages
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In her third work of fiction, Jaimy Gordon takes on the difficult subject of a young girl who, coming of age and "coming out" sexually, falls in love with an older woman and through the process of their relationship is cured. We first witness Gordon's young heroine in a girl's camp, where she escapes the boundaries of the camp and the boundaries of propriety as she is found to have, in self-hatred, carved messages in her arms. In the psychiatric ward of a hospital, the Bogeywoman - as she comes to be called - joins the other misfits in creating a musical group and in general mischief-making, including the heist of a nitrogen oxide machine and the accidental burning of her beloved and anorexic friend. Locked away, she comes in contact with the strange and exotic psychiatrist Madame Zuk, and it is love at first sight. Gradually, the two develop a friendship that explodes into a love affair resulting, in turn, in a marvelous voyage of self-discovery that will remind one of Dickens' Oliver Twist mixed with Nabokov's Lolita.

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User Review  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

BOGEYWOMAN is very strange stuff indeed. I obtained the book after reading Gordon's most recent book, an NBA fiction winner, LORD OF MISRULE. The protagonist of BW, Ursie Koderer, is the younger ... Read full review

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Ursie Koderer, a.k.a. "Bogeywoman," tests her mettle for nine years at Camp Chunkagunk, aptly nicknamed Tough Paradise for Girls. Besides the usual swimming and crafts, Bogeywoman cultivates other ... Read full review


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Jaimy Gordon was born in Baltimore, took degrees from Antioch College and Brown University, and now teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, and an Academy-Institute Award from the American Institute of Arts and Letters. In addition to three previous novels (Bogeywoman, She Drove Without Stopping, Shamp of the City-Solo), she has published poetry, plays, short stories, and essays. Other book publications include The Bend, The Lip, The Kid: Reallife Stories (poetry: Sun Press), Private T. Pigeon's Tale (long story: Treacle Press), Circumspections on an Equestrian Statue (novella: Burning Deck Press), and The Fall of Poxdown (longpoem chapbook: Hellcoal Press). With Peter Blickle, she has translated several works of Maria Beig from the German.

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