Dora by Lidia Yuknavitch
A Headcase

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Dora: A Headcase is a contemporary coming-of-age story based on Freud’s famous case study—retold and revamped through Dora's point of view, with shotgun blasts of dark humor and sexual play.

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.
 

About Lidia Yuknavitch

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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.
 
Published August 7, 2012 by Hawthorne Books. 240 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In Yuknavitch’s audacious 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, nick

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In Yuknavitch’s audacious 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, nicknamed Siggy, recording their conversations (among other things) with the recorder she’s hid...

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The Boston Globe

These advanced tastes age Ida out of her demographic, but they also reveal the true purpose of her character: Ida is less a teenager than a radical everywoman whose outrageous antics expose the fault lines in the dominant culture.

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Lit Reactor

I haven't seen any activity from her really, since the meet-up, but her email (primary?) got hacked around then - I have the spam message as proof - so maybe that has something to do with her lack of responses.

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Persephone Magazine

Marlene has old books, knows four languages, and calls her “Lambskotelet.” “She laughs and laughs – a deep throaty Rwandan one,” Dora says.

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ForeWord Reviews

Much the same could be said about Ida, another kind of parasite and the main character of Lidia Yuknavitch’s newest novel, Dora: A Headcase.

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Pank Magazine

Yuknavitch’s Dora: A Headcase, her divine whore of a debut novel, is a modern retelling of Sigmund Freud’s most (in)famous case study, Dora: Fragments of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.

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